Last week’s poll asked what you do when you go camping and also asked for tips on how to keep the kids interested and avoid them hating you and camping for the rest of their lives for dragging them along. I was honestly blown away by the fact that most respondents did not enjoy camping and chose the options best associated with that. However it’s clear that most people enjoy doing more than just hanging out at the campsite so I guess we’ll have to play it by ear as The Rooster gets older and see how things go for us.
This week’s poll comes with me noting the length of my vacation and the resulting look of absolute shock and then horror that follows the statement. “You’re serious?” or “Why would you want to go on vacation for that long? I’d be bored.” Listen, Americans are utterly ridiculous when it comes to vacation compared to the rest of the world. Somehow along the way we’ve not only come to accept the measly average vacation time we’re provided but that anything longer than a few days is just wrong.
A study which I read last year, which I cannot locate now, noted that the minimal vacation length is 14 days. Not 7, not 10, not 13 but 14. If you take anything less than 14 you do not come back refreshed and you do not perform as well as those who take a full two weeks off. However, being that we’re one of two nations on this list which do not mandate vacation time, how are any American employees even supposed to get close. America has been named the no vacation nation and while some believe it’s part of the American way of life, others caution it’s a detriment to everyone involved.
Now, while some people don’t get any vacation there are those that do and refuse to take it. I worked with these people at the state. They would accrue hundreds of hours of vacation but felt they were all too important to the institution to take any time off. Being that the majority of them did nothing as it is, I never understood the mindset and was happy to hover at only the number of hours I needed for my next vacation by the time I got to the date.
So what about you? Do you not take advantage of all the vacation days you are provided (if any)? Would you be offended if someone told you that they were taking a vacation which was nearly a month long? If you don’t use all of your vacation, why? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on below and vote on the sidebar. After you do both of those things feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.