Career-obsessed Aussies throw in the towel on holidays

NEW research has revealed that Australians are one of the most holiday deprived nations, with a quarter of all holiday leave not being used and an increasing number choosing to postpone booked trips to accommodate work.

According to Expedia's annual global survey that looks into workers' holiday habits, Australians are choosing to deprive themselves of about five days of annual leave.

Australia ranks at number three as the country with the most days of unused leave.

Expedia Australia New Zealand spokesperson Amee Evans said that Australians "need to take a page from the French, who used every single day they were entitled to (in 2012)".

"An ideal work-life balance not only leads to a happier life but more productive employees," Ms Evans said.

"We need to remind ourselves that vacation days are not a gift or luxury, they're ours to use."

Employers are not being blamed for vacation deprivation, as 73% of workers believe their bosses are supportive of them taking time off.

There is a silver lining, however. Australians have proven they're capable of switching off and leaving work behind once the holiday has commenced, and 42% of Aussies never check their work emails or voicemail while away.

Fast facts:

  • Australians are not making use of 25% of their annual leave entitlements (5 days out of 20 go unused)
  • 1 in 3 Aussies have delayed or postponed a holiday due to work
  • Australia is the 8th most holiday deprived nation in the world
  • France has ranked as the most holiday rich nation for the 6th year running

Full details on the 2012 Expedia Vacation Deprivation study can be found here.

Topics:  career holidays travel work

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