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Survey: Half of middle-aged workers check emails while on vacation

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Middle-age Americans like to check office-related emails and voicemails while on vacation, according to a June 24 study by Capital One Labs. "About 47 percent of respondents in the 35-44 age bracket said they are most likely to check work emails while on vacation," said a company rep in a Tuesday statement to "Also, 29 percent of 45- to 54-year-olds check their work voicemails."

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Those statistics provide insight as to why Americans spend more time in the office than most industrialized countries. According to a separate study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Americans work nearly 1,800 hours each year, a figure higher than France, Germany, and Canada.

Travel Increases as Americans Get Older

Capital One Labs' travel survey found that Americans spend more on summer vacations as they get older. "Total spending rises at a consistent clip as Americans get older, topping out at ages 55-64, who average $1,112 spent on summer vacations," a spokesperson told

Vacation habits seem to change for Americans over 55 years of age. Seniors and older Americans are least likely to travel alone than any other age group, at 14 percent. This tendency contrasts with younger travelers, many of whom are more willing to go backpacking alone across a continent.

Financial Considerations

Unsurprisingly, younger travelers spend the least on vacations, primarily due to financial constraints. The 18-24 crowd spent on average $386 for vacation in 2013. That figure rises to $645 for 25- to 34-year-olds.

For 18- to 24-year-olds, nearly one in five skip having a summer vacation altogether. That's mostly because of financial limitations. This age bracket has the highest rate of unemployment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For those in the 55-64 age bracket, nearly 11 percent are most likely to book a group tour. Nearly one-third of seniors (over 65) avoid taking a plane. In contrast, travelers aged 18-34 are most likely to fly by plane, at 39 percent.

Travel results in higher revenue for local businesses. During spring break, "seafood restaurants and bars see spikes in sales of 32 percent and 58 percent, respectively," according to Capital One Labs' blog.