According to the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey, small business owners are still planning on taking summer vacations in 2009. Surprisingly, the numbers haven’t taken as big of a dip downward as I would have expected. While 59% said yes they would take a vacation in 2008, 56% of owners surveyed said yes to a week long vacation for 2009. The biggest reason why we’re not taking vacations? 40% reported that they simply cannot afford it.
What wasn’t shocking was that 67% of business owners surveyed reported that the economy does affect their vacation plans. 32% of those people will choose to take a less expensive vacation this year. Only 28% reponded that the economy has no effect on their vacation plans.
So this leaves me to wonder which percentage you fall under. Are you one of the lucky few that will not see your vacation plans affected by the economy? If not, what changes are being made to your vacation plans in 2009?