It’s good to see everyone’s got their priorities in order.
A new survey asked people what important events they’d skip if their favorite NFL team was in the Super Bowl and they had a chance to be there live. Here are the results . . .
- 23% would skip a vacation.
- 21% would bail on important work.
- 20% would skip a close friend or family member’s wedding.
- 19% would skip a close friend or family member’s FUNERAL.
- And 15% would miss the birth of their child.
Americans are bad at taking vacation days. That’s a fact. But if the reason you don’t use your vacation days is because you think it’ll help your career if you’re there every single day . . . it’s exactly the opposite.
A new survey found that you’re MORE likely to get a raise or a bonus if you take at least 11 vacation days a year. Maybe everyone at your job sees how TERRIBLE it is without you and they realize they need to pay you more to keep you around?
Here are a few more results from the survey . . .
1. The main reason people pass on taking vacations is they hate the mountain of work that’s waiting for them when they get back.
2. 58% say their boss isn’t very supportive of them taking vacation time.
3. And the average person took 20 vacation days a year between 1976 and 2000 . . . but that’s down to 16 vacation days a year today.
Eating seaweed with chopsticks – that’s cultured
According to a new survey, 7 in 10 people think they’re “sophisticated”. And as for the top things that MAKE someone sophisticated . . . somehow watching football and drinking Busch Light didn’t make the list. Here are the top ten . . .
- Going to the theater.
- Recognizing paintings, and knowing who the artist is.
- Doing educational things when you go on vacation.
- Listening to classical music.
- Going to the ballet.
- Knowing how to pair wine with food.
- Watching the news.
- Watching documentaries.
- Knowing how to read music.
- Being interested in politics.
The rest of the top 40 included reading the newspaper . . . doing crosswords . . . reading a book before the movie comes out . . . watching “Antiques Roadshow” . . . having a library card . . . knowing how to use chopsticks . . . and knowing how to pronounce “quinoa”. (It’s KEEN-wah.)
According to the website Skyscanner.com, this week is the best time all YEAR to buy flights for the holidays.
They looked at data from last year to see when people are most likely to book, and that affects the price. So listen up . . .
Tickets for around Christmas are 19% cheaper than normal right now. So a ticket that’s usually $300 might be more like $240.
And tickets for Thanksgiving are about 6% cheaper. Also, tickets for New Year’s Eve are 15% less expensive than normal, if people actually fly somewhere for that.
Don’t panic if you’re not ready to book your trip yet though, because you can still get a decent price for the next few weeks. Tickets will just gradually get more expensive.
Like, if you book by the end of the month, a flight for around Christmas should still be 13% cheaper than normal.
And apparently two weeks before any holiday is a decent time to buy tickets. They should be about 5% cheaper than average at that point.
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Everyone knows Americans don’t take vacations . . . at least not like those lazy Europeans. But do we even WANT more time off?
A new survey asked people which they’d want more: A $20,000 raise, or an extra four weeks of vacation?
And the top answer by a giant margin is . . . we want the RAISE. 66% of people would take the money, versus 32% who’d take the extra time off.
Those percentages were consistent no matter how much people make. Even three out of five people making six figures would still pick the raise over vacation time.
And only 34% of us realize that America is the ONLY first world country that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation time.
The survey also found that 55% of us check our work email even when we’re on a trip.
And only 6% of people say it would be worth being French just to get the entire summer off.