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Millennials are the most vacation-deprived age group according to research

Young workers who are putting off taking a vacation – you’re not alone. Millennials are the most “vacation-deprived” age group, according to new research.

A woman plans a trip with a map. Image by JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Expedia.com released its 2017 Vacation Deprivation report, which looks at the travel habits of more than 15,000 adults in 30 countries. In the US, most people are struggling to work a vacation into their schedules, despite nearly everyone agreeing that holidays are vital to health and wellbeing. The survey found that millennials are the most deprived of vacations, potentially due to the fact that they also receive the fewest vacation days. They are even more likely than their older counterparts in the workplace, to cut a trip short due to the amount of work they have to do.

Overall, around half of workers in America say they feel somewhat or very vacation-deprived. But that’s not solely due to a lack of holiday time. In 2017, workers are expected to waste about 462 million vacation days. Naturally, many people have reasons for not going on holiday – about 43% say they are restricted by budget, 30% are saving up their days for a longer holiday and 22% say they can’t get away from work.

It’s time to start planning a holiday. Image by Corey Jenkins/Getty Images

But, it’s time to start making an effort, as 96% of Americans say they return from vacation happier, 93% say better-rested and 94% say less stressed. It can also be a help at work, as 60% say they return to the office with a better attitude, and 46% say they are more productive after a holiday.

Thankfully, workers’ attitudes toward vacations are changing. On average, Americans received 15 vacation days, but only took 12. However, this year only 8% of people said they felt guilty for taking time off, compared to 14% in 2016. As people around the world struggle to disconnect, even on holiday, 24% of Americans admit to checking in at work at least once a day in 2017, up from 20% in 2016. For a lot of people, it’s not a healthy habit, as 41% of young workers feel stressed as a result of checking work-related emails and messages.