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Vacationers are Unplugging

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Vacationers are Unplugging 

By ARDA Staff

May 24, 2013

Unplugged Vacations

As summer vacation season kicks off, ARDA finds people are not taking work with them. ARDA, along with research partner The Research Intelligence Group (TRiG), has just conducted an omnibus consumer survey of vacation work habits and technology.  We are sharing it with media today as we head into Memorial Day weekend. 

The survey showed that contrary to popular belief, Americans do know how to unplug, unwind, and rejuvenate on vacation.  Of the 1,000 vacationers surveyed, a whopping 75 percent of respondents do not do any work on their vacation. 

“Our industry has long advocated for taking a true vacation—not just working from a nicer place,” said Howard Nusbaum, president and CEO of ARDA.  “Today’s leading health studies reinforce our message—that there are so many physical and mental health benefits that come with really ‘unplugging.’ And we’re happy to see so many people doing so.”

Only 12 percent of respondents admitted working one or two days while on vacation, and 13 percent said they did some work over three days.  But a full 87 percent said they would prefer to vacation without having to do any work.

Vacationers are bringing their technology on leisure travel; however, in most cases, it is for pleasure and not work.  Fifty-one percent brought their laptop, but only 17 percent of them used it for work.  Thirty-nine percent brought their iPad or tablet device, with only nine percent using either device for work.

Are you one of the 75% who don’t work on vacation? Let us know in the comments! 



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