62% of U.S. adults took some R&R in 2017

January 8, 2018

When was the last time you got some rest and relaxation away from home? Sixty-two percent of Americans reported taking a remote vacation—as opposed to a “staycation”— during the past year, based on results of a poll released by Gallup on January 3.

That represents fewer sojourners than the number Gallup documented (70%) in 2001, but about the same percentage as the pollsters reported (64%) in 2005.

The latest figures are from a poll conducted in early December, which also asked about Americans’ intentions to take vacation time over the holidays. In contrast to the decline in the percentage of Americans who say they took a vacation in the past year, Americans were more likely this past December than in 2000 to say they planned to take vacation time over the holidays.

This holiday season, 43% of U.S. workers said they planned to take a vacation during the holidays and, of that group, roughly half—or 21% of all workers—said they would completely disconnect from work. Conversely, 22% of workers said they intended to take a vacation, but would check in with work via email or other means.

It is little surprise that employment status is a major factor in Americans’ vacation habits. Nearly seven in 10 employed Americans (69%) reported having taken a vacation, while slightly more than half of those who are not employed (55%) reported having taken such trips.

It turns out that socioeconomic status is a major factor in vacation planning:  Fully 82% of U.S. adults with annual household incomes of $75,000 or more say they took a vacation away from home over the past year. Among Americans whose household income was less than $30,000, slightly more than one-third (37%) reported having taken a vacation.

Marital status also affects vacation planning: While 70% of married U.S. adults took a vacation during this past year, only 54% of unmarried adults did the same. Americans with children under 18 (65%) were slightly more likely than those without children under 18 (60%) to report having taken a vacation

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted among a random sample of 1,049 adults.

Research contactdatainquiry@gallup.com

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