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July 04, 2021

Working Canadians dream of European-length vacations

Canadians play hard and work hard.

So why not be rewarded for all that hard work with more than a three-week vacation?

According to a new study by Expedia.ca, employed Canadians would be happier with twice the amount of vacation days currently awarded at their companies.

Last year, Europeans enjoyed an average of 25 to 30 vacation days, while Canadians received about 17 days off work for holidays.

Sean Shannon, Vice President and Managing Director of Expedia Canada, says, " We're getting roughly three weeks' vacation, but we'd ideally like to get around six weeks off.

"Perhaps that's why we see a significant percentage of respondents who feel they're not getting enough time away from work."

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Just think what you could do with a month or more of vacation time: sleep in, tackle home repairs, catch all your favorite TV shows and play video games non-stop.

Or more seriously, get some R & R at a cottage, travel across Canada, go to the USA or even visit all the places you have dreamed of seeing and not have to worry that your three weeks is running out.

While the survey found that 60 per cent of Canadians really don't consider themselves 'vacation deprived', another 40 per cent of respondents feel they aren't getting enough vacation time or they just aren't taking all the vacation owed to them.

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The top reason cited for not taking vacation days was being too busy at work and not having enough staff resources to cover their responsibilities while they are away.

In fact, 27 per cent said they are carrying over unused vacation time from the previous year.

But even while Canadians are on vacation, 61 per cent admit they still sometimes check their office emails and voice mails while on vacation.

Beverly Beuermann-King, a Canadian work-life balance expert, says its important to take time off from work to ensure overall good health.

"Vacation time helps reduce stress and holds a range of benefits for both our physical and mental well-being," she says. "A break from the grind can help lower your blood pressure, reduce anxiety and let you get the proper rest that's so important to our overall health.

"Plus, holidays make us happy -- which obviously benefits our mental well-being as well."

Yes, I think I could use a good, long vacation.

 By Donna Donaldson, MSN Money

Would you like a longer vacation time away from work? What would you do with the extra time?



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A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...