HISTORY OF NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY
The oldest documented reference to the concept of vacation can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales," published in the 14th century. In the prologue of the "Wife of Bath" chapter, the word 'vacacioun' is used to allude to free time. Until the 19th century, Americans used the word "vacation" in the same way that the English did, meaning "vacating a place." It was a term used at the time to describe when teachers and pupils were required to leave the school grounds. Vacation was also viewed as a sign of privilege, and for many people it still is today.
Gradually, the vacation expanded to embrace the middle class, and it evolved to represent a general period of leisure and rest. In 1869, one of the lesser-known turning points in American travel history occurred. One of the first guidebooks to the untamed Adirondack Mountains region was issued by a young preacher from Boston named William H.H. Murray. Murray devised the very creative travel idea (at the time, it was considered as ridiculous) that an expedition into the wildness of nature could be joyful by exploring the Adirondack Mountains, which cover a large stretch of lakes, forests, and rivers in upstate New York. This concept sparked treks and trips in which city dwellers sought the serenity and quiet of nature world.
When study results revealed that Americans have not used their vacation days since 2015, the necessity for this day grew even more pressing. This had a negative impact on their health, relationships, and even businesses.
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