Inspirato survey: Boston’s work ethic doesn’t take a lot of time off for the holidays

During the holidays, no city likes to party quite like Dallas-Fort Worth. And when it comes to Scrooge-like Christmas vacation work habits, Atlanta is tops. As for Boston, the Hub is a lot more like Atlanta than Dallas-Fort Worth.

Those are some conclusions that might be drawn from a new survey commissioned by Inspirato, a Colorado-based membership club that provides its members with access to luxury vacation homes around the world.

One finding: 25 percent of those who plan to take time off over the holidays plan to work while on vacation.


The online survey of 2,500 adults was conducted by Harris Interactive, and it examined the vacation work habits of people in 10 large US cities.

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“How likely you are to work during your holiday vacation may depend on where you live,” Inspirato said in a Wednesday press release. “At 40 percent, Atlanta is home to the highest percentage of holiday vacationers who plan to work during their time off. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth employees planning to take vacation also plan to work during their holiday break.”

Behind Atlanta and San Francisco, Boston ranked third on the list of cities where folks are most likely to do some work during their vacations.

A fear of having work pile up or of being out of the loop are two common reasons given by people who say the plan to work on a day off.

Another reason: Some people just seem to enjoy their jobs more than having fruitcake and punch with the relatives.


Inspirato’s top 10 list:

1. Atlanta – 40 percent

2. San Francisco – 35 percent

3. Boston – 31 percent

4. Houston – 30 percent


5. Washington, D.C. – 26 percent

6. Los Angeles – 25 percent

7. New York City – 24 percent

8. Philadelphia – 21 percent

9. Chicago – 20 percent

10. Dallas-Fort Worth – 14 percent

Ten-City Average – 25 percent

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