Even people from the most stunning places in the world like to break out of their routine and travel the world.
To see what vacations look like around the world, Business Insider researched travel trends and leave policies and spoke with travel experts from France, Colombia, South Africa, Jamaica, China, Sweden.
Overall, people from around the world share some common desires when it comes to vacations — in the summer, people generally tend to crave beaches, the sea, cities, and mountains. And they often like to go there with their families.
From top travel destinations to how much time people get, here’s what summer vacation looks like around the world.
Turks prefer to visit Europe and go to the Mediterranean or Aegean Seas.
Typical destinations: Within Turkey, people enjoy going to the Aegean Sea or the Mediterranean Sea, said Utku Hukum, a student from Turkey.
A newly-popular winter destination is Kars in Northeastern Turkey, a medieval capital with buildings dating to the 1100s, Hukum said.
International trips usually involve Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Italy, and England, Hukum said.
Amount of vacation time mandated by law: 14.5 public holidays and up to 20 days of paid annual leave, according to WageIndicator.org.
Usual months to take off: Summer holidays abroad are popular, while folks stay in Turkey during the winter, Hukum said.
Swedes prefer outdoorsy trips in the summer and flee south during their long, dark winters.
“We have lots of nature in Sweden, and it comes natural already as a kid to spend time outdoors. And in the summer you want to make the most of it,” Alex Waltner, a Swedish travel blogger, told Business Insider. Courtesy of Alex Waltner
Typical destinations: Swedish winters are cold, long, and dark, so residents prefer to abscond to Greece, Italy, Spain, and France, Alexander Waltner, a Swedish travel blogger, told Business Insider. Swedes tend to stick around in the summertime.
Waltner fondly remembers a childhood trip with his grandfather and his friend in a lake in southern Sweden called Harasjömåla.
“He taught me how to fish and how to prepare it, we hiked along the lake, and at night we made up a fire and grilled marshmallows,” Waltner told Business Insider.
“I remember his stories about his childhood, and what it was like living in that era. It was just like in the classic movies,” he said. “The wisdom and time spent in nature is something that I’ve kept alive ever since.”
Amount of vacation time mandated by law: 25 days, according to the European Trade Union Institute.
Usual time for travel: Typically Swedes travel in the winter and summer, Waltner said.
Jamaicans are spoiled with a beautiful island filled with waterfalls, beaches, mountains, and other natural wonders.
Typical destinations: Increasingly, Jamaicans are visiting the less-explored southern coast and hiking the Blue Mountain, the tallest in Jamaica, said Shea Powell, a travel blogger from Jamaica.
But the north and west coasts of Jamaica are most popular. “The waters are pristine, and the sand is just about right,” Powell told Business Insider.
The US, UK, and Canada are the most popular places abroad to visit, Powell said.
Amount of vacation time mandated by law: Up to three weeks of paid leave and 10 public holidays, according to the International Labor Organization.
Usual months to take off: Christmas, Easter, and Heroes’ Day Weekend in October, Powell said.
Thailand boasts fascinating ruins, beaches, and bustling cities.
Typical destinations: Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is an ultra-popular beach destination for scuba divers. Caves, limestone cliffs, and jungles await those who go to Krabi. While many beach resorts in Thailand are overrun with tourists, Hua Hin is the preferred small-town getaway for Bangkok’s elite, reported TripAdvisor.
The Thai middle class is starting to embrace international travel, reported Southeast Asia tourism website TRR Weekly. Japan and Taiwan are the most popular destinations. Fellow Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam are growing in popularity among Thai travelers, as well.
Amount of vacation time mandated by law: 13 public holidays and at least 6 vacation days, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Labor.
Usual months to take off: Songkran, the Thai New Year, falls in mid-April. That’s the biggest holiday in Thailand.