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Sisters Found Dead at Luxury Resort and No One Knows Why

Robin and Annie Korkki from Minnesota were found 'unresponsive' in Seychelles villa

(Newser) - Two sisters from Minnesota described by their brother as "experienced foreign travelers" were found dead last week while on vacation in the Seychelles, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa—and no one yet knows why, CBS Minnesota reports. Workers at the Maia Luxury Resort on the island... More »

Does This Photo Show Young Pickpocket in Action?

Reddit thinks yes, parents say no

(Newser) - An interesting post on Reddit is drawing attention as either a warning to tourists or warning about jumping to conclusions. As the Telegraph recounts, the story goes like this: A man and his girlfriend got back from a trip to Thailand and couldn't figure out what happened to the... More »

Teen Peeved With Parents' Vacation Choice Calls 911

'It was not an appropriate use of 911,' cop says

(Newser) - Is Trent Hills, Ontario, really that bad? A 15-year-old girl “forced” to go to the Canadian vacation spot by her parents last week apparently thought so—and called 911 with her emergency, the CBC reports. Police who responded to the cottage the family rented were not amused. “This... More »

Best Vacation Spots for One-Night Stands

Head west to explore new places and new people

(Newser) - People used to head west to explore uncharted territory. Apparently we're still doing pretty much the same thing. A survey of 5,000 people by determined the best US vacation destinations for hooking up with a stranger, and most of them are out west. The survey also... More »

Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation

(Newser) - A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports.... More »

Obama Back in Hawaii for Annual Christmas Vacation

President expresses optimism for the upcoming year

(Newser) - After a somber start to his vacation, President Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual... More »

Megyn Kelly Returns, and Trump Pounces

Fox anchor 'must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game'

(Newser) - Those worried the Donald Trump-Megyn Kelly conflagration had burned out should don protective gear once more: Kelly is back from a 10-day vacation, and the real estate mogul is back to his online berating of her, USA Today reports. On the heels of his remarks that Kelly was bleeding out... More »

It's Been a Vacationless Year for Most Americans

Studies show most US workers haven't taken vacation in 12 months

(Newser) - The majority of Americans haven't taken a vacation in the last year, and many of those who have felt guilty about relaxing while away from work, according to two recent surveys. The Los Angeles Times reports 56% of Americans—or 135 million people—haven't gone on a vacation... More »

Can't Take Time Off? Try a 'Workcation'

Employees are starting to combine work/pleasure time to save vacay days

(Newser) - Don't have a lot of vacation days stockpiled but need to get away? Consider taking a "workcation"—what the Wall Street Journal describes as a growing trend in which workers head to a destination and pay for their own travel and lodgings, but don't get docked... More »

Boss Spends Millions Taking 6.4K Workers on Vacation

Group also reportedly broke odd world record while cavorting with shady CEO

(Newser) - Imagine your boss said he'd treat you—and several thousand of your colleagues—to an all-expenses-paid vacation in France, complete with a private trip to the Louvre and luxury shopping—and that you'd also break a world record. That's exactly what happened for 6,400 or so... More »

Japan Will Soon Require Workers to Take Time Off

Workaholic culture is widespread in the country

(Newser) - Workaholic habits die hard in Japan—one 36-year-old who often works 14 hours a day took just eight of her 20 paid vacation days last year, six of them because she was sick—and she says, "Nobody else uses their vacation days." But the government wants to change... More »

Study Proves No One Wants to Hear About Your Vacation

And trying to dish about it could leave you feeling worse

(Newser) - You've just gone on a wonderful vacation, and now you want to tell your friends all about it. But a new study in Psychological Science finds that doing just that could actually end up making you feel bad. Essentially, researchers found that people would rather talk about an ordinary... More »

America's 'Perfect' Job Perk: the Precation

It's not a trend, but maybe it should be

(Newser) - The last thing a company wants in a new hire is someone worn out from his former position, and two tech firms are creatively combating that. They're pushing their newly minted employees to take a "precation"—a vacation before their job actually begins. Indeed, San Francisco-based real... More »

Most Americans Use Just Half Their Vacation Days

And 61% of Americans say they work on vacation

(Newser) - The US is the only developed country in the world that doesn't require its workers to have access to paid vacation. While those in the European Union are guaranteed at least 20 paid vacation days a year (and 25 or even 30 days in some countries), most Americans get... More »

Rogue Wave Kills Mom in Maui

Her husband, 2 children witnessed the accident

(Newser) - Flight attendant Wendi Van Briesen was bodysurfing with 13-year-old son Tanner in Maui when a huge wave turned the family's first vacation to Hawaii tragic, knocking her unconscious, shattering two of her vertebrae, and putting her into a coma. Van Briesen's husband, Aaron, and 11-year-old daughter, McKenna, witnessed... More »

The 5 Best US Cities for Staycations

And the 5 worst

(Newser) - With the summer getting underway, perhaps you're eager for a vacation. But perhaps you're not so eager to spend wads of cash. This summer, the average vacationer plans to spend $1,246 per person, up 9% from last year, WalletHub reports. A staycation could be the money-saving solution,... More »

When Did Americans Stop Dreaming of Leisure Time?

In the 1950s, we thought we'd have 30-hour workweeks by now: Matt Novak

(Newser) - "Tell your children not to be surprised if the year 2000 finds 35 or even a 20-hour work week fixed by law." That prediction was made by the AP in 1950. In 1967, Walter Cronkite predicted we'd also be enjoying month-long vacations by the year 2000. Today,... More »

How Lawmakers, Lobbyists Vacation Together—Legally

Lavish fundraisers offer chance to schmooze

(Newser) - In 2007, Congress passed measures largely barring lavish lobbyist-funded trips and gatherings. But what the New York Times calls "destination fundraisers" haven't stopped, and, indirectly, they're still funded by the lobbyists, who schmooze with lawmakers in places like Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Bermuda. The money for... More »

Greece Ditches Vacation Perk ... for Using Computers

Yep, civil servants got an extra 6 days a year if they worked in front of one

(Newser) - Back in 1989, Greece decided that any of its public-sector workers who had the misfortune of working in front of a computer all day deserved extra time off for that horror—an extra six days a year, to be precise, on top of their regular vacation time. Over the years,... More »

New Trend: The End of Vacation Days?

More employers offering 'unlimited' time off, but it's not as great as it sounds

(Newser) - More and more employers are jumping on a trend that, on its surface, sounds like a pretty good deal for workers: unlimited time off. The policy, which is especially prevalent in the hip offices of Silicon Valley, is simple: Instead of accumulating and spending vacation days, employees just take off... More »

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