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May 18, 2021

Almost half of Romanians plan taking only a week’s holiday

Short holidays replace, this year, 3 to 4 week-long vacations, owing to the employees’ fear of missing important decisions and to financial crisis-induced stress, according to a GfK study, commissioned by the Wall Street Journal and quoted by HotNews. Hungary, Romania and Portugal are the main European countries in which people choose to take only a week off work. Internal destinations are this year’s trend for most Europeans. “Instead of spending a two or three weeks’ extended holiday, people take longer weekends off to recover from the increasingly stressful and hard life,” Mark Hofmans, director at the GfK Cr Academy Brussels, stated. Seven out of ten people will spend up to two weeks on holiday.

Germans (46 pc), Belgians (34 pc) and Spaniards (31 pc) are among the nations preferring a two weeks’ holiday, whereas Hungarians (47 pc), Romanians (43 pc) and Portuguese (39 pc) choose a maximum one-week holiday.

“In the past 18 months, what with the global recession and the pressure for high-rate performance which employees undergo from the organizations, there has been a strong tendency from people to take less time off,” Alex Linley, director of an applied psychology centre in UK, stated. “People feel they will be left out when decisions are made. They feel they need to be around, given growing competitiveness in the workplace,” he added.

Half of Europeans will choose a holiday in the country, because of the recession, the same study indicates. Bulgarians (71 pc) and Romanians (70 pc) are leading in this respect, led by the Portuguese (66 pc). Relying on more solid savings, the Swedes (87 pc), the Dutch (85 pc) and the Belgian (77 pc) are the ones who also consider vacations abroad.

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