Vacation- short, long, what really works?

I just came back from a great weeks vacation in Myrtle Beach SC. Returning just ahead of 'Frankenstorm Sandy'. It's really hard to believe that were we drove on Saturday had 2 ft of snow on Monday. What a difference a day makes!

My query is, what length of vacation is enough.  I find when I do it for a week, I'm just getting into vacation mode and all of a sudden it's time to go back. Two weeks is good but by the the end I find I'm so ready to go back to work it scares me. Taking a day here and there is not really a vacation, it's just a day off. I have never taken more than two weeks at a time, I think a month would be nice. It really gives you time to let go of the stresses of work and take some time to smell the roses, see what other worlds there really are.

I think it also depends on where you are and what you are doing during your vacation time. When you spend two weeks on a world wind tour changing locations everyday it can definitely be more relaxing to actually go back to work. To me a vacation means relaxing, unwinding, not thinking about work and being with the right people.
Some of the best vacations I ever had were just up at the trailer at Ipperwash. The kids always had other kids to play with, there was no pressure to be anywhere at anytime. Having a campfire everynight or sometimes it would be so hot we would be sitting out til late because it was to hot to sleep. Wonderful memories
There is no better place to be than on the Ipperwash beach watching the sunset.  

According to Wikipedia "The concept of taking a vacation is a recent invention, and has developed through the last two centuries. Once the idea of travel and recreation was a luxury of wealthy people alone. In the Puritan culture of early America, taking a break from work for reasons other than weekly observance of the Sabbath, was frowned upon. However, the modern concept of vacation was led by a later religious movement encouraging spiritual retreat and recreation. The notion of breaking from work periodically took root among the middle and working class".

Yeah for the working class! What are your best vacation memories??

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