Vacation – A Time to Relax and Rejuvenate

A vacation is a period of absence from a scheduled work, a definite trip or travel, typically for the purpose of tourism or recreation. Often people also take a vacation at certain holidays, or on particular festivals or events. Vacations are most often spent with family or friends. The word “vacation” actually derives from the Latin verb vacet, to change. Today, a vacation can mean a week of rest and relaxation away from work or school, an extended get-away encompassing a variety of activities, or simply a holiday spent in one place.


Most people take time off from work for vacations at least once a year and more often if they have a good employer. In order to qualify for taking time off work, an employee generally needs to be able to demonstrate a legitimate need for the extended break (many vacations are given as paid vacation) and then he must be given the reasonable amount of notice. If a person is not eligible for taking time off work for a vacation or other similar reason, an employer may give unpaid days off or reduce the employee’s hours so that they can take the vacation. Many employees will ask for vacations instead of holidays when they are not able to make it because of illness, injury or the need to recover from a physical or mental condition. Even when an employee has requested paid time off, he may be unable to take time off to go on a vacation when his employer offers a paid sick or vacation day.

Vacation pay is often the standard payment made to an employee who has requested paid time off for vacation. The amount of vacation pay that an employee is entitled to depends on several factors such as the length of his service with the company, his age and gender, his gross salary and type of employment. Usually, most large companies offer their employees twelve weeks or more of vacation pay. A smaller business may offer one or two weeks of paid vacation leave. Each employer is allowed to choose the number of paid vacation days that his employees are entitled to take each year. For some employees, however, a two-week vacation pay period is just not enough – if they have to take four weeks or more off, they usually ask for more vacation pay.

There are a number of different policies that employees are entitled to take advantage of when it comes to paid time off. Often, if an employee takes more days off than is authorized by the company policy, they receive a prorated amount of time away, which they are able to use to cover travel expenses, bills or other obligations associated with going away. The employee is only eligible to receive prorated vacation days if they work for a company that offers this type of policy.

Employees who have the option to receive paid time off for health benefits and getting paid time off for vacation days may be choosing the latter. If an employee takes time away from work for health-related reasons, but needs to take time off to recover from an injury or illness, they are typically eligible for paid time off. During this time off, they can choose to take regular vacations, sick days or time off that is simply not used at all. They are also reimbursed for the time they spend away. However, if they decide to take time away from work due to an injury, they will need to pay out of pocket expenses for their own recovery.

Vacationing is usually a time for relaxation, enjoyment and relaxation. Many employees choose to take time off and enjoy their vacations, whether they have children or not. In order to properly take time away from work and benefit from vacations, many employers have policies in place that will require employees to take time off for vacations as long as they are employed. Whether an employee chooses to take time off to enjoy his or her own family vacation, traveling with the family, taking a cruise or spending time at home with the family are all viable options when it comes to taking time away from work.