"It'll cost too much"
Besides meteor showers and dance parties, everything worthwhile in life costs something. Workers named money concerns as a huge obstacle: it was the third-most common reason for skipping time off, with 30% of people saying vacations were too costly. But vacation doesn’t have to be a big fancy trip to some overpriced city. There are literally hundreds of ways you can save money when you travel. And America's full of dynamite cities for a cheap weekend getaway. Heck, time off doesn’t even have to mean leaving your house. It can just mean spending free time with your family, that’s not spent fighting for parking spots at Costco on a Saturday.
“There’s so much you can do, right in your backyard, like parts of your city you never explored or the outdoors,” Denis says. “But what was telling for me was a study we did on 8-to-14-year-olds. When we asked them about their favorite vacations they weren’t big, elaborate trips. It was little stuff. One girl said her favorite memory was a day her dad took off and they went to Target and bought a Slip-n-Slide and set it up in the front yard. It’s the quality of the time you spend with your kids that’s important, not the amount of money you spend.”
Patriot dads leave the office and buy their kids a Slip 'N Slide.
"I want to show dedication to my job"
Millennials get a rap for being lazy and entitled -- a pretty lazy, and frankly entitled criticism. The under-35s are the generation that leaves the most vacation days on the table. Denis says this is because they graduated into a lean economy with no jobs, and once they get a job they hold on for dear life, fearing taking time off will somehow make them look lazy.
Yet the opposite is just as true. Project Time Off did research with managers and HR departments and found that employees who take time off are largely better performers, more productive, and more likely to get bonuses. And though there was no direct correlation either way between vacation time and promotions, as Denis put it, “If skipping vacation isn’t doing anything for your career, then why are you doing it?”