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Asked why as, with astounded meaning surprised or shocked, I was curious if those who are shocked are wow shocked or hmmm, shocked 😃
1 in 8 of my department (4 of us out of a department of around 32) take a similar number of holidays each year; 1 of those colleagues took 12 holidays this year although of shorter durations and that is his norm each year; his trips are to North, Central & South America, Africa, Asia & Europe too so no, I dont believe my colleagues are joking about it because its highly unusual as its not unheard of where I work.

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Probably because unless you're retired it's rare to have both the time off and the money. Many people have the time but not the funds and vice versa. lol. I don't think think your lifestyle is representative of the average British worker and most people would be surprised to hear how frequently you travel.
Exactly. I have 25 days annual leave a year and 3 days have to be kept for between Christmas and New Year - we all have to do that. It's a pain as I spend Christmas on my own and would much prefer to come into work that week and use those 3 days another time. This leaves 22 as well as bank holidays.
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Asked why as, with astounding meaning surprised or shocked, I was curious if those who are shocked are wow shocked or hmmm, shocked 😃
1 in 8 of my department (4 of us out of a department of around 32) take a similar number of holidays each year; 1 of those colleagues took 12 holidays this year although of shorter durations and that is his norm each year; his trips are to North, Central & South America, Africa, Asia & Europe too so no, I dont believe my colleagues are joking about it because its highly unusual as its not unheard of where I work.
WOW really surprised

I think it is great that you have this fabulous lifestyle and I am sure sacrifices have been made, but you are definitely not the norm
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1 in 8 of my department (4 of us out of a department of around 32) take a similar number of holidays each year; 1 of those colleagues took 12 holidays this year although of shorter durations and that is his norm each year; his trips are to North, Central & South America, Africa, Asia & Europe too so no, I dont believe my colleagues are joking about it because its highly unusual as its not unheard of where I work.
Wow. Well, I'm astounded again.

You do realise it is highly unusual though, don't you? The vast majority of Brits don't take multiple holidays to faraway destinations every year. One or two, yes. But not 8 or 12.
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You do realise it is highly unusual though, don't you?
But, it is my usual/normal and is the norm for a few of my colleagues.

And yes, I do realise that my holiday habits are different to yours but I suspect that many others on here have different habits too.
Hey, one person's unusual is another's normal; live & let live

We all have different vices; ours are holidays

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But, it is my usual/normal and is the norm for a few of my colleagues.

And yes, I do realise that my holiday habits are different to yours but I suspect that many others on here have different habits too.
Hey, one person's unusual is another's normal; live & let live

We all have different vices; ours are holidays
It is our normal too.
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But, it is my usual/normal and is the norm for a few of my colleagues.

And yes, I do realise that my holiday habits are different to yours but I suspect that many others on here have different habits too.
Hey, one person's unusual is another's normal; live & let live

We all have different vices; ours are holidays
Well, here's how I see it. There's a neighbourhood near me where the houses start around 4 million and go up to about 12 million. For the families living there owning a multi million dollar home is normal. It is their normal. BUT to the vast, vast majority of Brits (or people in the world at large) they are a very small group and not representative of the majority. If fact, I'd say 98% of Brits go through life without having any interaction (outside of maybe a superior in their company) who owns a multi million dollar home. Likewise the vast majority of Brits/people at large in the world don't know anybody who takes as many holidays as you. Here on a travel forum it will be more common and in certain occupations/income levels it may also be more common but not to people at large.

So it seems the last few pages have all been over the use of the words 'normal' and 'astonished'. I think everyone was using normal to mean - the norm for a population, considering the title of the thread and the question in the OP. Astonished was also a natural reaction to coming across something that is rare and most people don't encounter. My astonishment on reading your post went like this ''wow that's insane, I've never known anyone to have so much leave and the income to take all those holidays, how unusual, surely not only the Americans would be surprised by that''. Nothing personal towards you and no judgement just 'holy mother what a lifestyle'

I hope you can see it from that perspective rather than take it personally and think those of us who were 'astonished' were calling you a weird, abnormal person or suggesting you were the only person in the country who lives like this etc... Nobody was suggesting it wasn't your normal or the normal in your 'world', they were saying that to apply it to the population at large is misleading. If you can't understand why your situation is such a rarity to most Brits I don't know what to say actually except most of us just don't earn enough to make multiple foreign holidays a vice, just like most people can't have a Ferrari collection as a vice

Again I think all of us have said we'd love to be doing what you're doing and it's obvious you both work hard and enjoy yourselves. I haven't seen anyone suggesting you shouldn't be having all your trips, it's a holiday forum after all! We were just a bit bewildered that you couldn't see why we think you are are in such a rarefied group,that's all.
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But, it is my usual/normal and is the norm for a few of my colleagues.
It might be normal for you and a few of your colleagues, sure. But that's not what I meant. What I meant was that it's a fact that it's not normal for 95% of British people.

I'm not talking about my holidays habits here; I'm talking about about the holiday habits of people in the UK. Based on the number of holidays abroad that most British people take, most British people would be surprised/astounded/shocked at the number of holidays you take.

I was surprised that you were surprised by people's reactions.The fact that you had to ask why someone was astounded at the number of holidays you took made it seem like you thought this was normal for most Brits. It most definitely isn't. Your holiday habits are very unusual (in a good way).

Anyway, apologies to the OP because I've now derailed this thread. I didn't mean to make a thing about this. I mean, it's great you have so many holidays and I wish you well. Apologies if it seems like I'm interrogating you or anything - that wasn't my intention.
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