Folks are sprucing up RVs, parents are packing kids’ camp gear, airlines are adding flights, and hotels are raising prices. The summer vacationers are coming.
What seems like a flood to us, however, is a trickle compared to the tsunami of holidaymakers in Europe, as anyone who has been sardined into a European train, plane, or lane at the beginning of July and August knows. On a recent summer day in Dubrovnik, I’ve been told, five cruise ships’ worth of tour groups created such a pedestrian gridlock that police had to unknot the crowd.
Americans just don’t vacation like other people do.
Why? — See the rest of this column at the Boston Review: The Leisure Gap.
Update (Sept. 1, 2014): An analysis on Vox claims that there has been a tremendous drop in the percent of American workers who take week-long vacations, from about 80% around 1980 to about 55% in 2014.