As in 2007, the average U.S. worker has 14 vacation days this year. Just across the Canadian border, our counterparts get an average of 17 vacation days annually.
But if you want a real "vacation envy" complex, consider the vacation banks of European workers. France tops the list with an average of 37 days, followed by Italy (33 days), Spain (31), the Netherlands and Austria (28), Germany (27) and Great Britain (26).
—Sharon Linstedt, Don't forget to use your vacation time to recharge, Buffalo News, June 16, 2008
With the country's biggest party falling on a Tuesday, failing to trigger three days off work in a row, the public service and many private companies expect staffers to be at work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed both Monday and Wednesday.
In short, if you're not dipping into your vacation bank to make it a four-day break chances are your bosses want to see some output Monday.
—Tobi Cohen, No long weekend this Canada Day, The Canadian Press, June 26, 2008
—"Proposed Delta Union Contract Will Make Pilots Top Paid in U. S.," Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 13, 1990
—Marilyn Gardner, Take a vacation. Really., Christian Science Monitor, June 30, 2008