Americans and Canadians do NOT vacation

Americans and Canadians are statistically some of the worst in the world when it comes to taking vacation, and in direct correlation suffer some of the most stress related illnesses.

In Canada in addition to getting 10 paid vacation days, Canadians also receive nine paid holidays, for a total of 19 paid days off per year.

A remarkable 23 percent of Americans have no paid vacations and no paid holidays. 10 is the magic number. The average American worker receives 10 days of paid vacation per year. While European countries, in contrast, mandate that employers offer at least 20 days a year.

Only 36 percent of Americans hold a valid passport, according to the State Department, compared to 60 percent of passport-holding Canadians and 75 percent for Brits and Aussies. That means almost 70 percent of us are unqualified for international travel. Message – if you don’t have one – get your passport!


Common effects of not taking time off to decompress are stress symptoms and impact more than your mental health. They can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. … Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

How many times have you wanted to take a vacation but thought, I just have too much to do?

How many times have you complained how exhausted you are but without doing anything about it?

How many times have you been frustrated by the long hours you are working, but without giving yourself a rest?

According to a recent survey, the average U.S. employee takes only half of their allotted vacation time. Unsurprisingly, they’re suffering from being overworked, overwhelmed and overwrought.

Even among those who actually do go on vacation, three in five admitted to doing some work during vacation. A quarter was contacted by a coworker while they were on vacation, and 20 percent were contacted by their supervisor about a work-related issue.

It’s time we say “enough is enough” and learn to put our needs first. Taking time off is good for your mental and physical health, and you can come back more productive and effective. It’s a win-win.

Four science-based reasons:

You should book your next vacation today: Stress Reduction, Heart disease prevention, Improved productivity, and Better sleep.

So once you are committed to the idea that you deserve and NEED a vacation – it is often lack of time and financial resources that hold us back.

Why Mexico?

In today’s economy and time pressured work place, the ability to get to your exotic destination quickly and affordably is the key. Mexico has beautiful tropical beaches a direct flight away for Americans and Canadians on both sides of the continent. So it makes travel easy.

The ease of getting there, affordability of flights, warmth and friendliness of the local people, amazing diversity of exotic cuisine, and lovely tropical year-round weather are all reasons that Mexico has become the #1 vacation destination for Americans and Canadians alike. There are affordable resort stays in well-known, safest and most popular Mexico resort destinations (Puerto Vallarta, Cancun / Riviera Maya, and Cabo San Lucas / San Jose del Cabo), as well as new emerging gems, such as Loreto.

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About Nicole Rodekuhr

Nicole Rodekuhr: IV Chief Operations Officer Education: Graduated BA (magna cum laude) Pepperdine University with degrees in Marketing/Advertising/Creative Writing. Puerto Vallarta Insider Status: Has lived in PV full time since Feb 2017 & frequently vacationed in PV with family since 1985. Experience: sales, advertising, marketing, and multi-store management in both the advertising and sales depts. for publicly traded companies including Ann Taylor & Bath & Body Works for 25+ years. Expertise: sales, hiring, training, branding, marketing, content and campaign creation, operations management of large multi-location team projects.

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