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NEW figures have revealed Aussie employees left a quarter of their annual leave days unused in 2013, but local travel agents say the figures don't reflect trends on the Northern Rivers.

The Vacation Deprivation Report by online travel company Expedia, surveyed 8535 employed adults across 24 countries, showing Australians are struggling to live up to their reputation of being a laidback nation.

The report found that, on average, Australians take only 15 of a possible 20 days of annual leave and regularly check work emails while on holidays.

According to Expedia, this means a potential 58 million days of annual leave went unused in 2013.

But Travelscene Summerland Travel Lismore manager Neelia Rixon said the figures didn't seem to reflect holiday trends on the Northern Rivers.

"Our business has increased dramatically and more people are travelling," she said.

"I think families are doing more than perhaps they used to."

Ms Rixon said the trend was for working families to take smaller holidays, more frequently.

She said retirees were also travelling more, less concerned about spending the kid's inheritance.

Robert Pine, tour operator for Pine Tours Ballina, said of his working clients, most preferred to take at least four weeks holidays.

"They are taking full leave, because all of our tours run for four weeks," he said. "But they often stay longer, for an extra week or two, when they do get to Europe, because of how far they've travelled to get there."

According to Expedia, the top reasons Aussies use for not taking leave are stockpiling leave for potential future trips, affordability and difficulty co-ordinating holidays with family and friends.

Both the French and Brazilians were found, on average, to use all of their 30 allocated leave days.

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