Survey: 36% of Americans haven't vacationed in two years

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An Allianz Global Assistance survey found that 36% last vacationed more than two years ago, and another 15% last vacationed more than a year ago.

Allianz found that 27% have vacationed in the last four to 12 months, and 21% have vacationed in the past three months.

The stats came from Allianz's 11th annual Vacation Confidence Index, a telephone poll of 1,005 Americans ages 18 and over conducted May 30 to June 2. 

Forty-two percent said they were confident they would take a summer vacation this year – the lowest percentage since 2013.

Financial issues were the main reason why people aren't vacationing: 44% said they didn't have money to spend on a vacation, and 19% didn't want to spend money on a vacation. Meanwhile, 14% said they can't take time off work. Twenty percent said they were uninterested in taking time off because of personal obligations outside of work, or that they found vacation-planning too stressful and time-consuming (10%).

Allianz also measures what it calls the "vacation deficit," or those who think vacations are important but aren't confident they'll be able to take one. This year, 19% fell into that category.

In total, 60% said taking an annual vacation is important, up 2 percentage points from last year but down from 2009's historic high of 67%.

Those surveyed also appear to be underutilizing days off work -- 41% take less than half of their vacation days.

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