What Is a Vacation?


A vacation is a period of time when you take a break from work and engage in leisure activities. It is often paid leave for an employee. The concept of vacation was popularized by the later religious movement, which encouraged recreation and spiritual retreat. This notion of rest and recreation soon spread among the middle and working classes. Today, nearly all countries have minimum annual leave requirements.

Vacation refers to a time when you stop working and studying, and instead, enjoy leisure activities, such as leisure travel or recreation. The term is used in both English-speaking and Commonwealth countries to indicate a period of time off from work, school, or other obligations. In British English, vacation is often used synonymously with the word holiday.