This week’s letter is ‘V‘ for

~ vacation ideas ~

Having traveled to and lived and worked in a few countries, I thought I would share my thoughts on vacation days and vacation ideas with you in this week’s Alphabe- Thursday. You are probably aware of the fact that paid vacation days vary widely from country to country all over the world. Here is a comparison of the annual leave per country on wikipedia. My personal history is: 31 days (Germany) to 20 days (Australia) to 15 days (America) to 31 days (Germany) to 24 days (Switzerland) to 30 days (German).

Now we are in the US, I am self-employed and David gets, due to his working for the same company  for a long time, 25 days. Which is really good for the US, however 1) it is a German company he works for, 2) a lot of employees don’t take all of their vacation days and 3) still – a lot less days than in Germany. Having seen the highs and lows of paid vacation days, my question is: Why is it that there are so few in the US? Digging a little deeper you will find that even by law there are no minimum paid vacation days in the US. Isn’t that mind boggling? Sometimes I have the distinct feeling that I am very European. And this is one of the times.  Because I believe that vacation days, just like lunch breaks are there for a reason. And this reason is simple: Replenish your batteries! Having more paid vacation days AND actually taking them, not only serves you, but also your employer, by keeping you healthy and refreshed. I am not too good with words, but I found this article in the International Business Times online, which explains it a little better. Please read it.

Now I will return to the things I am better at – photos and travel and vacation ideas.

waves, shore break, turmoil

I have made this little map in Google Maps. So far, I have only added all the countries that I have been to. But in the future I intend to add the exact places to it, text and also photos. This is an interactive map, meaning you can click on it, move it, zoom in and check on the markers that I have entered. My home country, Germany, I marked in red. The blue round markers show countries I have been to, but either too long ago or I did not take many photos. The sailing boats represent windsurfing spots and the camera – well, you can guess that one, right?! Please go ahead and try it out. You can click on the link and it will open the larger map in a separate tab. Let me know what you think.

 


View Vacation in a larger map

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Jenny MatlockThis is my contribution today to round 5 of Alphabe- Thursday hosted by Jenny Matlock. If you have a moment please visit her website and check out other ‘student’s’ work and her ‘terrific tangents’.

self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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