View Poll Results: Americans: Duration of longest vacation in last five years?
Five days or less 13 7.93%
Six to ten days 43 26.22%
Eleven to fifteen days 52 31.71%
Sixteen to twenty days 26 15.85%
Twenty to thirty days 15 9.15%
More than thirty days 15 9.15%
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:58 AM
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Americans - your longest vacations?

Please read the ground rules:

1. Poll is for working Americans. Non-Americans or students, feel free to post, but I'm trying to poll Americans.
2. Respond with the longest duration of a vacation you have taken in the last five years or so.
3. Don't bother deducting weekends or holidays. I'm not trying to measure the most days of paid (or unpaid) leave taken, just the overall duration of the trip.
4. Don't count sabbaticals or trips taken when you are between two jobs.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:01 AM
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:02 AM
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Mine is five but there is no poll option for me.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:02 AM
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Ten business days, so 16 days off including weekends.

They shut down for a week so we all had to take that week off. So I took the week before shutdown off too.

After having done that, I'd rather do two separate one week vacations vs a single two week vacation.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:04 AM
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Mine is five but there is no poll option for me.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:16 AM
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I think the point is that the options are "Less than five days" or "Six to ten days" but nothing if it's exactly five days. Oops.

Back when I lived in the US, my longest vacation was probably five working days (plus holiday and weekend days over the Christmas break, to extend it to whatever). Now in the UK, I get 25 days off standard with the option to rollover or buy vacation days up to a total of 38 per year. And I'm off on a two-week vacation starting Wednesday, and will probably do another two-week one over Christmas (plans pending). Yay for Europe!
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:22 AM
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Oh. Whoops. I was rushing to out the poll up. Consider the first option to be "five days or less". Apologies.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:34 AM
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I have 35 vacation days a year, which is the maximum once I reached 25 years of service. I also have 24 hours of state-mandated "sick time" for doctors appointments and the like.

I have seniority in the office so I get first pick of when they pass around the vacation schedule for the upcoming year. I usually take the month of May off along with 4th of July and Labor Day weeks.

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Old 08-07-2017, 11:40 AM
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My longest was nine days without deducting weekends, per the OP. This was built around Thanksgiving week a few years ago, and I only used three of my vacation days. My office routinely closed the Friday after Thanksgiving, and taking off Monday through Wednesday preceding the holiday gave me the nine day total.

I prefer stretching out my fifteen vacation days as much as possible, and routinely take one day before or after a weekend (especially three-day weekends), throughout the year.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:48 AM
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Oh. Whoops. I was rushing to out the poll up. Consider the first option to be "five days or less". Apologies.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:52 AM
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3. Don't bother deducting weekends or holidays. I'm not trying to measure the most days of paid (or unpaid) leave taken, just the overall duration of the trip.
Point of clarification—are you asking about duration of travel (you say "trip" in places), or simply the amount of time that I did not report to work due to scheduled time off? For example, I took a couple of weeks off earlier this year after a very lengthy business trip. I spent the first week of that time at home recuperating and doing things locally, and then did a road trip for the second week. Would that entire time count, or just the travel time?
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:53 AM
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Entire time. Good point.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:59 AM
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5 days or less.

mostly because my company's summer "shutdown" is the week of July 4, and I have to use vacation days for everything but the weekend and July 4 itself. Unless the 4th is on the weekend, of course.

apart from that, I just use the remainder "onesy-twosy" here and there, usually a Friday or a Monday.

I don't think I've ever gone anywhere on a vacation in my adult life.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:07 PM
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After having done that, I'd rather do two separate one week vacations vs a single two week vacation.
I do too. I have what I call vacation ADD. After 4 days or so, the effect starts to wear off and the days blur together. I prefer more frequent, shorter vacations to long ones.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:10 PM
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I was on vacation for two weeks and two days this spring, but there were two weekends within that stretch, so it was 12 days of vacation time. Then I was ill right after I got home, so that was 3 days of sick leave on top of it. I was barely in the office for the entire month of May.

I don't have that much time left to use for the rest of the year. I'm not planning any more long trips until next year and hope I don't get sick again.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:14 PM
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Two weeks plus a Monday Holiday, so 11 - 15 Days.

Once, long ago, I scheduled a 4 week trip with a friend. We barely made it two weeks....haven't spoken since. So, when I got back early I just went back to work.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:15 PM
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Staying strict about it 11-15 days. In the last five years we did do one longer (basically 20 days) but we returned home for one day and I went to work. For the Old Wench it was 20 days in a row; for me it was 14 days, 1 work day, 5 days.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:34 PM
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18 days here. August 2015. Would have been 16 (2 weeks + 3 weekends) but the flight home got canceled by some east-coast air traffic control messup that canceled a metric ton of flights that day, so we didn't get home until late Tuesday, when we'd intended to be back at work Monday morning.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:36 PM
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The actual length of my vacation was longer than the 10 vacation days that I took off from work. I was out doing vacationesque things from July 26 to August 10 one year, but some of those days are weekend days when I don't work anyway. So it was a 16 day vacation but I "spent" 10 vacation days on it.

I'm saying it that way because it's not clear from your OP / wording of the poll whether you're asking how many vacation days, as recognized by an employer, we used in a single vacation or what was the duration of the vacation we actually took.

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I have taken many 20-30 day vacations, though not strictly in the last five years, while at the same job.

Three of those were cross-the-USA road trips, averaging about 7,500 miles on each trip. There just isn't any way to do that in less than three weeks while still stopping occasionally to visit friends and family.

Every American should do a cross-country road trip at one time in their life, just to appreciate the vastness and diversity of the land we live in.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:45 PM
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As far as I can tell, I've had 17 consecutive days off on two different occasions. The one I mentioned earlier, bolstered by weekends and Memorial Day, and once two years ago when I moved across the country (but stayed in the same job, as I was able to transfer offices).
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:38 PM
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:39 PM
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More than 30 days. But my company gave us sabbaticals, so that was a one-shot deal for me. I wasn't there quite long enough for the second one. Aside from that, it would have been 2 weeks. I got 4 weeks of vacation per year, but didn't ever take it all at once. No one prevented me from doing that; it was my preference.

Oops. We're not supposed to count sabbaticals. So make that 2 weeks.

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I'm saying it that way because it's not clear from your OP / wording of the poll whether you're asking how many vacation days, as recognized by an employer, we used in a single vacation or what was the duration of the vacation we actually took.
"I'm not trying to measure the most days of paid (or unpaid) leave taken, just the overall duration of the trip."

In your case, 16 days.
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:56 PM
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:01 PM
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Two weeks if we are talking about the trip. I've spent that much time in the Outer Banks every summer for the last 10 or 12 years. Previously, it was only one week.
If we are talking leave time, I was a teacher. So I had 10 weeks leave every Summer along with the Holidays and other days off scattered through the school year.
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My longest was about two months, but I am self employed and it was unpaid more or less.
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I took a 3-week vacation once, back in 1982, when I was a paralegal. That was a more vacation-friendly era, and my then-occupation tells you they could do without me for that long. But even so, taking that much time off at once did raise some eyebrows.
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17 days. In 2015. I've only had one other full 2 week vacation in my working career, in 2014. I usually can take 2 or 3 week-long trips per year, but have made time off a higher priority in my career than maximizing pay, and am very sad that American culture doesn't value time off like most other Western cultures.

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Old 08-07-2017, 03:12 PM
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In 19 years of working full time, I've never taken more than 5 consecutive days of work off. If you include weekends, I've been gone for a full week.
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I was confused by the wording, so I voted 5 or less because I've never taken a trip longer than 5 days.

But then I saw post #11 and it would seem that it would have been better if I counted the 10 days off from work I take for Christmas + New Year. I just don't happen to go anywhere.

So I dunno. I am a small business owner so I can't afford to take trips, or take time off
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As a public servant, I get 5 weeks/year. Theoretically, I could request all five weeks at once but most I've ever done has been 2½.

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Old 08-07-2017, 04:02 PM
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Last year I ended up not spending my vacation days until the very end of the year ... then when I added it all up plus the time we get for Christmas/New Years holidays, I was able to take the back half of December off - 18 days (Dec 16-Jan 2). It was glorious, though I didn't really go anywhere.
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Do you mean a vacation in terms of a trip somewhere, or just the longest span of days we've taken off from work using "vacation time"?

I think I've taken two weeks only one time ever, but the trip out of town part was only a portion of that.

Whoops, in the last five years, no. That was for my fortieth birthday, > 5 years ago.

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Last year I ended up not spending my vacation days until the very end of the year ... then when I added it all up plus the time we get for Christmas/New Years holidays, I was able to take the back half of December off - 18 days (Dec 16-Jan 2). It was glorious, though I didn't really go anywhere.
When I took my sabbatical, I knew I was fully in sabbatical mode when I had trouble remembering some of the names of the engineers who reported to me.

The night before I was to get on a plane for "places far and wide", the guy who was to sit in for me while I was gone called me, as he had some papers he needed me to sign. He then asked if I wanted to know about some "serious shit that was going down". I just said no, since there would have been nothing I could do about it, and it would all probably blow over by the time I got back. Which it did.
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Oh. Whoops. I was rushing to out the poll up. Consider the first option to be "five days or less". Apologies.
But, wait. Shouldn't it be "or fewer"?

Hey! Ouch.

(I don't care. I'm not one of those "10 items or fewer" pedants, just mocking them.)

As for the OP, I've only worked maybe three years for someone other than myself. The longest vacation I took at that time was a two week vacation, but it was a mandatory one (and I was working in a company in Europe, where I got five weeks per year.) On my own, as for like a real, leave-the-house vacation, I went to India for three weeks a few years ago, but there was about five days of work included in there, so it was kind of a work-play vacation.

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In the last five years, four or five days. I once took 30 when I was in the Navy.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:28 PM
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I did a 26-day cruise with my mom 3 years ago. I don't know if it counts because I was between jobs. I'd quit one and it wasn't till a year later that I got another.

I retired 6 years ago, but I've had 3 temp and 2 real jobs since then, because retirement was boring.

Back when I was working, I don't think I ever had 2 weeks in a row.
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Longest single vacation was 28 days off in total during a trip to Colombia.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:51 PM
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People are answering the poll with the longest vacation they have taken in the last five years, right?
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:34 PM
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I picked 11-15 days because the university I work for closes before Christmas and reopens after New Years. I'm often off towards the 11 day end of that range.

Other than that I haven't taken more than a week off at a time.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:37 PM
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I don't like taking vacations, but there's no way to avoid it.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:03 PM
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I typically take three weeks to do an international trip, but for my first trip to Southeast Asia in 2014 I did six weeks.

It helps, of course, that I'm self-employed.
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Old 08-08-2017, 12:38 AM
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For the past few years, my wife and I take a two week vacation at the beginning of the summer. To do that takes a lot of planning, I work the first half of the year to make sure that my work schedule will allow for it, coordinating with other colleagues' vacations and my project's schedule. It's always a dance to make sure it happens, but it's important enough to both of us that we protect that time.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:33 AM
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Well, it was 7 years ago, not 5, but I took one week off to move, and then I took another week (that included a July 4 holiday) to recover from moving.

However, I once took a 3-week vacation, and I recommend them highly. It took me the whole first week just to deprogram and relax into my vacation. Which was backpacking. Yeah I was happy to get back to work to recover from my vacation. Those were the days!
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:43 AM
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For me the longest was 30 days, on two separate occasions.

The first time (road trip in Mexico), I had to ask for unpaid leave, as I’d not earned enough vacation days at that point. The last time (rental-RV road trip in New Zealand), I had plenty of vacation days, plus a bonus 10 days for “R&R” due to being assigned to a third-world country.

Both times, I was working for the same company I work at today. Luckily we have a great work culture where vacations are encouraged rather than frowned upon. There’s also no real pressure to remain in contact while you’re on vacation, unless you’re running a major project and don’t trust your engineers, or you’re running a major project and trust your engineers too much (i.e., need to prove you are needed).

In general, I like to take one long vacation (two weeks or longer) so that I can spend real time in a place (especially if it’s a 12 hour or more plane ride), supplemented by various long weekends for Michigan/Ontario activities.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:56 AM
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Foreigners working in the US don't count, and Americans working abroad do?

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I agree that vacations are important. My last job, they made a big deal of how many vacation days they offered, but then got pissy when people tried to take them.
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