Back to the topic regarding vacation time...it really depends on your employer. I work for a defense contractor and am blessed to get 5 weeks off every year with the option to buy and sell time. Of course this includes sick time, but still. Compared to the company I worked for right out of college I feel blessed to get so much time off. I know that when you work for the government you tend to get more time off so there is a difference in the industry. My husband gets about 4 weeks off, so we usually go for a little longer than a week.