Annual Survey Suggests Many Canadians Are 'Vacation Deprived'

On average, Canadians will leave three of their hard-earned vacation days unused

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A lot of fun can be had in three days — just ask anyone returning from a whirlwind weekend trip to Miami Beach, Myrtle Beach or the Florida Keys.

But according to the annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey from Expedia.ca, on average Canadians left three of their earned vacation days unused this year, mostly due to workload or financial constraints.

And how do they feel about missing those days? Not pleased — in fact, respondents indicated they would like an additional 11.5 vacation days per year, and more than half consider themselves "vacation deprived."

Hollywood, Florida is a favorite beach vacation spot for Canadian travelers. Vacation Deprived Hollywood, Florida is a favorite beach vacation spot for Canadian travelers. Photo: Theresa Boehl

As it stands now, more than a quarter of survey respondents go a year or longer without taking a break, and 36 percent go six months or more without a vacation.

So where do Canadians like to travel to when they do finally have the chance to get away? To beach destinations, of course.

A dock in the Florida Keys - Vacation Deprived A dock in Marathon, Florida Keys. Photo: Theresa Boehl

"Vacation time can be considered a major stress reliever with a range of benefits for both our physical and mental well-being, including lower blood pressure and reduced anxiety," says Beverly Beuermann-King, a Canadian work-life balance expert.

"So it's no surprise Canadians consider beach destinations a top choice to spend their vacation time, because an all-inclusive beach destination can help you more fully relax your mind and body – from the relaxing environment the ocean provides, to the range of services many resorts offer to ensure you're making the most of your holiday."

The survey was conducted in late August by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vacation Deprived.  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a top summer beach vacation spot for North Americans. Photo: Theresa Boehl

3-Night Vacation Deals

Since we can't stand the thought of Canadians (or any beach-loving travelers for that matter) feeling vacation deprived, here's a roundup of three-night escapes ideal for claiming those unused days. Starting fares are listed in American dollars:

• Mexico All-Inclusive: 3 Nights at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, starting at $1108 with flights

• Riviera Maya: 3 Nights at All-Inclusive Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar, starting at $675 with flights

• Orlando: 3 Nights at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, starting at $616 with flights


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