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By Phil Piemonte

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Need a vacation?

According to a study from job-seeker website CareerBuilder, a lot of folks probably do.

A survey conducted for the firm by Harris Interactive indicated that 24 percent of full-time workers say they can’t afford to take a vacation this year — up from 21 percent last year. Another 12 percent said they aren’t going to take one this year, even though they can afford it.

Although the findings came from an online survey of 5,671 full-time nongovernment workers, we’ve seen plenty of comments on this blog in which feds have offered similar details on their own belt-tightening measures.

So now that we’ve hit Memorial Day, effectively the start of the summer vacation season, we're wondering about the vacation outlook in the federal realm. And we’re talking about vacations, not just taking a week of PTO to putter around the house.

If you don’t respond, we’ll know you’ve already hit the road.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on May 27, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Reader comments

Tue, Jun 21, 2011

Can't afford it.

Mon, Jun 13, 2011

A vaction is when you are working on your laptop from the spare bedroom at your sibling's house while everyone else in the family is out on the back deck enjoying each other's company. The federal bosses don't care if you are on vacation, you are supposed to work for them so they can take their vacation without interruption.

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

My travel funds and leave time for the past few years have been devoted to caring for and saying good-by to elderly parents and remaining involved with siblings who are less able to travel. A vacation would be nice but first, I need that week off at home by myself or with someone willing and able to do the tasks that I need help with.

Wed, Jun 1, 2011

My "vacations" consist of driving my husband to his orthopedic surgeon, 160 miles one way, every six to eight weeks because that's what Workers' Comp requires. Who has time or money for a real vacation?

Tue, May 31, 2011 Paul

Money has never been the factor with vacations for me. The problem is always time. I'm taking my first real vacation in over 10 years this summer and I'm worried about the impact. I'm taking 2 weeks when I rarely leave for more than a couple days at a time. We couldn't afford redundancies before Congress' poor attempts at budget cuts let alone now. That means for 2 weeks a lot of work gets put on hold since I'm the only one qualified to do the work. In the DoD, 2 weeks can be a long time to be out of the fight.

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