Are you ready for the holiday weekend?  Heading to the shore, beach, lake or mountains?  Maybe you've stocked up on hot dogs, hamburgers and other barbecue favorites for a picnic at home instead.  Since Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer... the countdown to summer is just hours away!

Americans Need a Vacation Now More Than Ever
According to CareerBuilder's annual vacation survey of more than 4,800 U.S. workers, 56 percent say they are more in need of a vacation in 2010 than they have been in the past.  Due to the improving economy, 36 percent of workers feel more comfortable taking a vacation in 2010 than they did in 2009. 

Companies Need Employees to Take Vacations Too
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, says that companies benefit as well when employees take advantage of their vacation benefits.  "Utilizing time off to recharge batteries is even more important today as staffs have shrunk over the last 18 months and workers are dealing with added responsibilities and pressure," she says. 

Check out CareerBuilder's tips for planning a vacation and making sure it is a true break from work...

Read CareerBuilder's Blog Article... The Latest Thing to Come Back to the Office?  Summer Vacation