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July 08, 2002
Most Spending Two Weeks' Pay on Vacation
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ly 80 percent of the participants in a recent poll said they intend to spend more than two weeks of their take-home pay to fund a vacation this year.

In addition, 50 percent of respondents said that they plan to use at least three weeks of take-home pay to finance their vacation.

Monster said the findings illustrate a substantial shift from 2001 results, which found that only half as many respondents (24 percent) made plans that required this monetary investment.

In May/June 2002, the Monster Meter asked, "How many weeks of take-home pay do you use to finance a vacation?" A total of 30,190 votes were cast, revealing the following:

-- 30% (9,045 votes) said: "4 weeks."

-- 30% (9,012 votes) said: "2 weeks."

-- 20% (6,101 votes) said: "1 week."

-- 20% (6,032 votes) said: "3 weeks."

Tips for Vacationers

According to Barbara Reinhold, a Monster "career coach":

-- Americans should consider vacation time a career "revitalizer." Enjoy eight hours of sleep a night. Spend quality time with family. Don't be a "clock watcher."

-- Make your vacation a real vacation. Don't check email and voicemail. Turn your cell phones and Blackberrys off. The true benefits of time-off do not kick-in if your "head" is still in the office.

-- Not all vacations require extensive travel or monetary investment. Whether relaxing at home, gardening or catching up with longtime friends, it is an opportunity to temporarily step away from the norm and rejuvenate.

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