“Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer.”
Holiday is leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure. Note that UK holiday is US vacation.
Commonly used expressions containing the word ‘holiday’:
adventure holiday - holiday with unusual or exciting experience usually involving danger and unknown risks annual holiday - holiday done or happening once a year or every year bank holiday - in the UK: any one of several days in the year on which banks are closed, usually observed as a public holiday beach holiday - holiday at the sandy or stony shore of a sea or lake company holiday - plant holidays, vacation close-down due to holiday educational holiday - parental leave, long-term maternity leave hiking holiday - holidays containing a long walk or tour, often for recreation, and usually in the country holiday accommodation - lodging, food, and services or travelling space and related services holiday camp - a resort with a boundary that includes accommodation, entertainment and other facilities holiday flat - vacation rental, vacation home holiday maker - one who goes on vacation holiday package - a tour arranged by a travel agent; transportation and food and lodging are all provided at an inclusive price holiday pay - vacation money holiday replacement - someone who takes the place of another person during holiday time holiday season - a time when many people take holidays holiday trip - a usually short journey taken for pleasure during holiday time national holiday - US federal holiday, holiday authorized by law and limiting work or official business school holidays - days or weeks in which schools are closed between academic terms farm holidays - farm tourism fly-drive holiday - an organized holiday which includes your air ticket and the use of a car public holiday - a day when almost everyone in a particular country does not have to go to work or school
Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.
We bought a cheap package holiday to Spain and stayed in a big hotel by the sea.
New Year's Day is a public holiday in many countries.
We're taking a vacation in August.
All available holiday accommodation can be booked direct from the property owner, so no agency fees, no confusion, no hassle.
He has still got some vacation left before the end of the year.
We can set up an adventure holiday that starts and ends at your front door, or one that is just part of your longer trip around the globe.