Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vacations That Restore Soul of the Worker

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vacations That Restore Soul of the Worker

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My husband and I differ over what constitutes a vacation in 2013. For my husband, getting out of town for a few days would be defined as a vacation, an important part of work-life balance. Of course, that doesn't mean unplugging altogether. He still sneaks in brief phone calls to the office, 6 a.m. emails and work-related reading.

For me, those few days away aren't enough. In this workaholic, multitasking society, I need more than a few days to unwind -- and less time in contact with "the real world."

Of course, I realize my family is fortunate to be able to take a vacation at all. Many Americans -- about 23 percent, according to a recent survey by research company Kelton commissioned by SpringHill Suites -- don't get paid time off, and some don't have the money to get away.

But the economic worries that led American workers to limit themselves to drive-by vacations for the past several summers seem to have lifted. Fortunately, this summer, the two-week vacation is making a comeback. …

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