12:55 pm November 30, 2011, by Christopher Seward
Are you in this boat?
You get two weeks of paid vacation and you still have a few days left to take by the end of the year, but you probably won’t get to use them.
Those days you leave behind will be among 226 million unused vacation days – or $34.3 billion worth of time – American workers will forfeit this year, according to a CNN Money report.
Expedia found that on average American workers leave about 2 days of unused paid vacation behind, the same number of vacation days they gave up last year. Earlier this month, Hotwire found that U.S. workers leave even more days, 6.2, of unused vacation.
Most say they can’t afford to travel so why take the time? Others don’t take the time because they haven’t planned for it, Expedia’s survey found.
There is also the fear losing a job. “People feel that they need face time in the office,” Stuart Rubinstein, managing director at TD Ameritrade, told CNN. “They worry that being out of the office might make them next on the list.”
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