The name of the game this summer seems to be “beers and hammocks”, as in “you can keep the hike and don’t bother with that bike”…at least that’s what the latest study found out. Most Americans just want free time to do absolutely nothing. Nothing, as in …I don’t know, drinking beer on the beach in a hammock, or playing X box and watching TV with a good buddy. A digital vacation. Rest. Peace. Relaxation.
According to the study, 75 percent of those interviewed said that relaxing and resting is extremely important for their vacation. The data was gathered by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
However, the vast majority of Americans do believe that staying at home while doing absolutely nothing is also a bummer. All people want a change of scenery during their free time, hence 92 percent of Americans planning a summer vacation this year will go away, maybe to some exquisite place with white sandy beaches and plenty of dry martinis with little straw hats, while just 8 percent will linger at home.
More than 50 percent of those polled believe that staying home doesn’t really qualify as a proper vacation. The next big question is the unplugging issue. You know, like going somewhere where there’s no cell phone signal and obviously no internet, provided such a place really exists anymore. 22% of Americans completely unplug while on vacation, but we must take that assertion at face value. 33% don’t even try to disconnect from the internet and obviously, from Twitter and Facebook. 42% are on a split decision, i.e. they’re in and out now and then, you know the drill.
Sixty percent of American workers will forget about their job during vacation, as in they’ll not read work related emails, nor check with their bosses/colleagues etc, with only 32% saying they’ll keep in touch on a minimal basis. The rest of 8% are workaholics. 69 percent of Americans don’t believe in bleisure, i.e. an unholy mix of travel and leisure, as in an extended business trip. Time seems to be the luxury of our day, as 66% of Americans would prefer a longer vacation vs an extravagant (as in more money spent) one.