Wednesday, December 19, 2012

No rest for the weary this holiday season

A day off from work is a luxury many people can't spare, according to a recent study on travel habits.

The second annual American Travel Behavior Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of, a discount travel site, shows most Americans will end 2012 with an average of 9.2 paid vacation days on the table this year. That's up from 6.2 unused days in 2011, according to Hotwire. More than 2,000 U.S. adults were interviewed for the survey in October.

And for many small business owners, there is no such thing as taking a vacation. Results from a study conducted earlier this year by Manta, an online community for promoting and connecting small busineses, showed nearly half of 1,200 small business owners polled didn't have time to take a summer vacation.

Almost 60 percent predicted they would work more this year than in 2011, according to the Manta survey.

What about you? Are you taking any time off this year? Or will you work on your days off? Take our weekly ShopTalk poll on the topic, here.