Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can’t afford it

Caleb Jones, File, Associated Press

FILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017, file photo, people relax on the beach in Waikiki in Honolulu. Many Americans might dream of going on vacation to places such as Waikiki, but a new poll shows nearly half of Americans won’t be taking a summer vacation this year, mostly because they can’t afford it and some because they can’t get away from work.

Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won’t be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can’t afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The new AP-NORC survey, conducted in May, said 43 percent of Americans won’t be taking a summer vacation. The top reason for skipping a trip was the cost, cited by 49 percent of non-vacationers. Another 11 percent said they can’t take the time off from work, while 3 percent said they don’t like to be away from work.

About half of Americans living in households making less than $50,000 a year don’t plan to take any summer vacation this year, and they’re especially likely to cite costs as a reason.

And if your employer gives you paid vacation days, consider yourself lucky: Forty-one percent of those surveyed who work full or part time said they do not get any paid time off from their employers to use for vacation. Younger and lower-income workers are especially likely not to get any paid time off.

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