10 Best End-of-Summer Vacation Destinations

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --  The average employee working in the U.S. only uses 51% of their vacation time, according to a Glassdoor first quarter employee survey. Compound that with the fact that 61% of people who did take a vacation admitted to doing work while away, and it's safe to say that Americans don't fully utilize their vacation time.

The survey also states that 75% of U.S. employees do not use all of their allotted vacation time, while 15% report not using any at all. Two in five employees report taking less than a quarter of their vacation time, while only 25% report using all of their allotted time off.

A 2007 survey by two NASA scientists working for Air New Zealand found that employees experienced an 82% jump in job performance following a vacation, lending credence to the idea that vacation time is beneficial to both employee and employer.

So for the 15.2% of Americans who plan on taking a long vacation this summer, and in turn stand to improve their job performance over the long run, here are the top 10 late summer vacation destinations as compiled from a TripAdvisor online survey of more than 2,500 respondents.

10. Key West, FL


This passenger cruise ship destination in south west Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is also home to the Dry Tortugas National Park which has attractions ranging from snorkeling to camping, and includes food and drink options.

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