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According to a study published by the U.S. Travel Association, Americans abandon 169 million vacation days a year.  169 million!  And, Americans only average about 16 days of vacation a year, down from 20 days a year fifteen years ago.

Are you one of those people who are afraid to take a vacation day?  Is the real reason that you won’t go on vacation because you feel guilty even asking for a day off?

My tip this week — take one random, vacation day within the next thirty days.  Make sure it’s not a Friday.  Make it really random, like Tuesday or Wednesday.  Then, take another random, vacation day the next month.  The heavens will not fall, and taking a random day will get you used to not being a work on a work day.