I've just arrived home from a vacation with my husband. We did a road trip on our motorcycles from Edwards, Colo., to Sturgis, S.D., for the annual Bike Week. While there, we met a group of Australian men who targeted the infamous rally in their month-long itinerary, also covering much of California plus Las Vegas. We also met three Italian couples whose three-week plan incorporated Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and various spots throughout Utah and Colorado.

That got me thinking about how differently the rest of the world approaches vacation compared to the U.S., where it's unheard of to take that much vacation time, let alone all at once. And because I had a lot of time to ponder while putting miles on my Harley, I wondered - what are the statistics?

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