I am not an Expat Blogger 4: Vacation23 Jul 2012
I don't get 5 weeks vacation. Or 6. Or 4. In Germany there's a Bundesurlaubsgesetz that regulates vacation time for employees. The legal minimum is 4 weeks per year, although most industries have contracts that call for more. Our employees get 5 to 6 weeks vacation, depending on longevity, as set in our Manteltarifvertrag.
But as a business owner you're on your own. And our business tends to be busiest when other people are enjoying themselves (weekends, school vacations and holidays). We tend to take a couple days off time and again rather than a bunch of days in one piece. The work is always waiting for us when we get back.
Next week, though, we are heading to Minnesota for a couple of weeks. The cell phones are staying home.
(part of a series)