It’s unlikely the Griswalds would have taken the time to drive to Wally World these days.
Why? Well, July is the prime vacation month of the year, and in 1976, nine million Americans took a week off in July. Nine million. This July only seven million Americans took a week off in July. And there are 60 million more of us now than in 1976.
It’s not that we’re taking a bunch of shorter vacations. Americans are taking fewer days off overall—among developed countries we’re a laggard. We’re the only country that doesn’t have vacation time mandated by law; French workers receive 31 days off a year. By law.
The average American gets 14 days off a year from work but only uses 10 of them, though some surveys suggest that number is more like 4.1 days. It’s called vacation deficit disorder. Make this Labor Day the day you change that.