This is from someone who's been out of school for 1.5 yrs, and is coping with now tiny vacations. Back in school, we had 3-4 weeks for winter, a week in spring, and 3.5 months in the summer for vacation. Here in the real world, I'm working at a firm with a pretty solid vacation policy (15 days), but I find myself missing those actual long breaks where I can hang out with friends whenever I wanted, take road trips, just sit around and read, etc.
It sucks a bit especially as most of my summers in college were spent on internships (as with many people on this forum), so I feel like somehow I squandered those precious few months of my youth, although they did contribute to landing my current job. I enjoy my work, but as with anything, it's just nice to take several weeks off and unwind. I'd love to do one where I travel to Southeast Asia or through Europe, and maybe just do one where I just do nothing and hang out with friends from home, with a road trip at some point. Not asking for a full summer, but anyone here consistently (twice a year) take 3 week long vacations? What's your guys take on this, and how much vacation do you feel you need to come in psyched to start the grind once again?