A percentage of workers don’t get paid vacation

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) -  The warm weather arrived in full swing this holiday weekend, marking the start of vacation season. However, this year fewer people are expected to take lengthy vacations.

Beaches are open; amusement parks are rolling out new rides and boating season is finally upon us. For a couple of Massachusetts teens, dipping their toes in the water and running their fingers through the sand are essential elements of a great vacation.

“I definitely like riding the waves, it’s probably my favorite part. It feels like you’re really free, and you’re just enjoying yourself, being with friends,” said Eve Singer and Gianna Albano, both of West Springfield.

Although vacation is something many families get to enjoy, not as many people are going on big vacations this year.  The U.S. Department of Labor says about 25% of American workers don’t get paid vacation time. Of those who do, 4-out-of-10 employees say they don’t use all of it.

Many say that’s because they simply can’t afford the cost of week-long vacations in this economy.

“It’s more cost effective doing a day trip, or maybe a long weekend, than taking it and doing one week, two weeks, three weeks,” said Pam Gamelli of West Springfield.

One day trip many people enjoy in the summer is Six Flags Amusement Park. One elementary school student told 22News the roller coasters are his favorite part.

“Fast, loud, bumpy, really fun,” said Chris Walaszek of Easthampton.

One popular vacation trend this year is grandparents planning the trips, and taking their adult children and grandchildren. If you’re looking for a fun day trip here Massachusetts, you can find some ideas by Clicking Here.

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