March 1 2013 by Chris McGinnis
As most of us are still hitting the "defrost" button every morning when we jump in the car... or watching airport workers blast the plane with de-icing fluid... Americans are starting to think and dream about vacation, and finding some balance in their lives. Last week, the New York Times opined about our frustrations with finding balance.
Have you taken a meaningful break lately? One where you could truly "get away from it all?" There is increasing evidence that the pressures of work and the proliferation of new tools like smart phones and tablets are making it tougher to truly let go. For example, a new survey by Best Western reveals most Americans (62%) feel that work frequently keeps them from relaxing while on vacation.
Enjoying some R&R is even tougher for frequent business travelers, as 52% said work is more likely to ruin their vacation than bad weather! Over half (55%) said that they couldn't go a full week without checking in on work-related voice mails or emails.
Women are better at unplugging on vacation than men--the survey showed 53% of women reported that they hardly ever or never let work interrupt a vacation, versus 46% of men that said so.
Does this sound all-too familiar? Do you have a tough time taking a break... or maybe you know someone else who suffers similarly? To inspire Americans to take a real vacation this year, Best Western has launched a fun new "Vacation Citation" contest on Facebook.
Those who join in on the fun by issuing vacation citations to themselves or to their vacation-deprived friends are automatically entered into weekly drawings for travel-related prizes such as Best Western, MasterCard or Amazon gift cards, Avis rental car vouchers or AAA memberships.
One grand prize winner will get a dream vacation that includes a five-night stay at any Best Western hotel (in the world!) round trip airfare, and gift cards to use on vacation.
The Best Western survey found that (sadly) vacation fantasies will remain just that for most business travelers this year -- according to the survey, nearly half (48%) of them don't expect to use all their paid vacation days this year.
Will that be you?
Chris McGinnis is Best Western's travel trends expert and business travel blogger on youmustbetrippin.com