Did you really take time off from work on holidays?

You'd been looking forward for months to that cherished break from work; but then you spent the entire break with one eye fixed on your work email account.

Two weeks later you're back at your desk, and guess what? You feel like you need a holiday.

You're not alone. Online travel rating agency TripAdvisor recently found 73 per cent of Australians admit to working while on holiday, more than double the global average (33 per cent).

The survey of more than 16,000 employed people from 14 countries, including more than 1000 Australians, found around half of all those who admitted to working on their holiday check their business emails at least once a day - and none more than we Aussies.

"Australians are working more on their holidays than any other nationality we surveyed," TripAdvisor's Scott Wegener says.

It's the new way of the world, as employers expect employees will be reachable in and out of the office at all times, and most of us have the technology to check from the road.

"We've all got these devices, we're connected and we'd rather check in and make sure that when we do return to work, we don't have issues awaiting us. It is just a way of life now."

Wegener admits he's guilty of the practice but makes sure he limits work emailing to 30 minutes a day so it doesn't bleed into his holiday time.

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"As weird as it sounds, [checking in with work] actually helps me relax on holiday, because I'm not worried about what's potentially going on at the office that I don't know about. I find I can enjoy the rest of my day knowing that I'm staying on top of everything and won't have a mountain of surprises awaiting me."

Even turning on the 'out of office' notification doesn't keep some workoholics from thinking about work when they should probably be sipping cocktails.  

Soren Trampedach is the man behind Work Club  - a sleek, members-only work space in Sydney's CBD which helps modern executives 'switch off' from the pressure of the business world.

He says helping others to tune out doesn't exclude him from being plugged in most of the time, whether he's on holiday or at the office. "When I'm checking email it doesn't feel like I'm working," he says. "Running my own business, I'm always thinking about the project … you never really shut off completely."

Trampedach says his career doesn't lend itself to a nine-to-five structure. "I can enjoy a holiday, I still relax and spend time with my family, but work is always there, because it's my passion. I'll never go away and not work."

The survey also revealed that while Aussies received less annual leave than many other countries – 22 days compared to the average of 24 days - 72 per cent of Australians were satisfied with their leave entitlements, compared to just 24 per cent of Americans.

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