AAA: Majority of R.I. workers leave vacation days unused

RHODE ISLAND workers forgo a combined 1.8 million vacation days a year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS
RHODE ISLAND workers forgo a combined 1.8 million vacation days a year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

PROVIDENCE – More than half of all Rhode Island workers don’t use up all of their time off, forgoing a combined 1.8 million vacation days each year, according to AAA Northeast Tuesday.

Rhode Island’s 55 percent of workers who fail, or choose not to take all of their vacation time, is a tick above the national average of 54 percent. Americans fail to utilize a collective 662 million vacation days each year.

The data comes from Project: Time Off, an initiative from the U.S. Travel Association.

Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs, said Rhode Island’s 55 percent ranks No. 21 in the nation for unused vacation time.

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“Neighboring Massachusetts ranks 24th in the country while Idaho holds the distinction of having workers who are least inclined to take a break and use the earned time coming to them,” said Albert in a statement. “Through good planning, Rhode Islanders and all Americans can come to enjoy more of their accrued vacation time while reaping valuable benefits to both their physical and mental well-being.”

Massachusetts workers had a collective 15.6 million unused vacation days.

Project: Time Off found in its survey that the largest factor in unused vacation time was lack of planning with 52 percent of all planners taking all of their vacation versus just 40 percent of non-planners. Planners also were found more likely to take a full week of vacation versus the non-planners’ zero to three days at a time.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.