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Vacation

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Vacation is a term used in North America to describe time away from work or school, a trip abroad, or simply a pleasure trip away from home. In the rest of the English-speaking world the word "holiday" is used. In Canada both terms are widely used. The French term is similar to the American English: "Les Vacances". The term derives from the fact that, in the past, upper-class families would literally move to a summer home for part of the year, leaving their usual family home vacant.

Most countries around the world have labour laws mandating a certain number of days of time off per year to be given to a worker. In Canada the legal minimum is two weeks, in most of Europe the limit is significantly higher. Many American companies give only one week, and then frequently only after completion of a year of employment.

In modern employment practice, vacation days are usually coupled with sick time, official holidays, and sometimes personal days.

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Vacation Destinations

Vacation Destinations can vary from something as simple as staying at a local hotel to sailing around the world. The destinations also will vary by country. Some type of destinations include:


Minimal vacation time around the world

Country legally required
Argentina 14 calendar days
Australia Not required, but 4 weeks is standard
Belgium 20 days, premium pay
Bulgaria 20 business days
Canada 2 weeks, determined by provincial law
Chile 15 working days
China Not required
Czech Republic 4 weeks
European Union 4 weeks, more in some countries
France 5 weeks
Hong Kong 7 days
Hungary 20 work days
Israel 14 days
Japan including sick leave: 10 days paid time off;
officially, five weeks (in reaction to the karoshi problem)
Korea, South 10 working days
Mexico 1 week
Netherlands 2 weeks
Puerto Rico 15 days
Saudi Arabia 15 days
Singapore 7 days
South Africa 21 consecutive days
Spain 30 calendar days
Sweden 5 weeks
Switzerland 4 weeks
Taiwan 7 days
Turkey 12 work days
Ukraine 24 calendar days
United States Not required
Venezuela 15 paid days

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