Thursday, June 1, 2017

Take a Vacation and Help the Economy

Zoey Ramey
Blog Post
May 25,  2016

Take a Vacation and Help the Economy

Does taking a vacation help the economy?  Most employees don’t use their vacation time. Employees aren’t using the time they earned by working. Americans left an average of 3.2 paid time off days unused in 2013, totaling 429 million unused days for U.S. workers. If employees used their vacation time the economy would benefit from more than $160 billion in total business sales and $21 billion in tax revenues, spending that would support 1.2 million jobs.  If employees used even an extra day of their vacation time the company would have more total revenue and raise the GDP.The total contribution of travel and tourism was $7.61 trillion. It has also been shown that more employees use vacation time when consumer confidence increases. People won’t travel as much as they used to. The decline in vacations started in the 2000’s.  Gas averages are $2.36/gallon which is down from $3.80/gallon last year. 3-diamond hotel's average $142/night decreased down from $161/night last year.  Taking a vacation also increases revenue for economies that thrive on tourist bringing in a portion of revenue.
Travel cost has increased which can affect the opportunity cost of travel by having substitute activities like staying home.  Consumers not using their vacation time can affect the GDP of towns and countries that depend on the revenue of tourist. Consumers can be scared of traveling because of negative externalities. Some would include phobias and dangerous weather like heights, hurricanes, and earthquakes. 6.5% of the population have a fear of traveling. Most of the time though consumers that are not unemployed just want to cash in their vacation time and get a check. What they don’t know is that hurts them and the economy more than they know. The companies have to adjust and account the loss in their spending budget. If the consumers use their vacation time the company would not lose money and be able to reinvest into the economy leading to an overall improvement.

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  1. The opportunity cost of going on vacation is not just staying home instead the opportunity cost would be the amount of the money that the employee would be losing if they were to work instead of going on vacation. Since many people especially younger adults that have just entered the work force have a lot of debt to pay off due to student loans and taxes that they are not yet used to spending money on many people would rather work and make more money than making less money by going on vacation. Therefore many people are deciding to not go on vacation since they need the money and would profit more if they were to stay at work.

  2. After reading the post it really made me think about vacations. I never knew that vacation days that are given to employees could affect a company so much, and even have them losing out on money. I wonder why so many American's don't use their vacation days. So many people in our country work hard. If you are given vacation days why not use them? I do understand that vacations are expensive, but wouldn't you want to get away once in awhile instead of staying at home? I think that people now are more interested in the money than the thought of taking a vacation.

  3. Many people don’t take vacations because they complain about how expensive they are. There’s many deals online for airfare, hotels and restaurants, which should bring down the cost. Planning is another aspect. Finding the right time for a vacation can be difficult as well. With the stresses of work, most people may use their vacation days to relax at home. I believe vacations are worth every penny, but some do not simply because of the time, expense and planning of it all. If more people vacationed more often, even took more small vacations to nearby local towns, then the economy would be better off.

  4. Most people avoid using vacation days to save money, and I’m sure a high percentage of used vacation days are not actually used for large vacations. The increase in overall travel expenses, too, are a major reason for the drop in vacation use. There are also times in life when it’s just not practical to be using up our scarce extra money on vacations. The most obvious example is college grads who are still paying off student loans, and their parents. I’m sure increasing college costs are also having a somewhat indirect influence on the low travel rates.

  5. This would definitely benefit the economy if people knew about this, but even then I don't think most people would then use more of their vacation time since in their mind it has less of an opportunity cost when considering themselves and not the economy as a whole. Also considering if popular cities start to have terrorist attacks then people will be even less likely to travel if their lives could be in danger. Plus the restrictions on traveling on planes could get tighter and more intense making it more uncomfortable and possibly harder, which for me personally that alone would keep me from taking extensive vacations.

  6. I can see how people leave so many vacation days unused, I know my mom likes to save a few days for an emergency so that she can leave if she needs to. I'm sure there are a lot of other people out there who don't like to use up all of their days. Also, it makes sense that there any be less vacations being taken, because if people aren't feeling financially secure or confident they may not want to spend the extra money on a vacation. Or if they don't have the money to spend it could hurt the economy if they were to spend money that they don't have on a vacation. It is also not accurate to assume that if people use their vacation days they will go on vacation, some people use them to stay home or be with their family.