leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism
A vacation (or holiday) is a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. People often takes a vacation during specific holiday observances, or for specific festivals or celebrations.
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- What Dad means by "see" of course, is "drive past at 67 miles per hour." Dad feels it is a foolish waste of valuable vacation time to get out of the car and actually go look at an attraction.
- Dave Barry, Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need.
- Leave for a while thy costly country seat;
And, to be great indeed, forget
The nauseous pleasures of the great:
Make haste and come:
Come, and forsake thy cloying store;
Thy turret that surveys, from high,
The smoke, and wealth, and noise of Rome;
And all the busy pageantry
That wise men scorn, and fools adore:
Come, give thy soul a loose, and taste the pleasures of the poor.
- Sometimes 'tis grateful to the rich to try
A short vicissitude, and fit of poverty:
A savoury dish, a homely treat,
Where all is plain, where all is neat,
Without the stately spacious room,
The Persian carpet, or the Tyrian loom,
Clear up the cloudy foreheads of the great.
- Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer.
- The family is always the family but during vacations it is an extended family and that is exhausting.
- Gertrude Stein, Paris, France, 1940 (New York: Liveright, 1970, p. 107).