Cities where you get 6 weeks off work

Cities where you get 6 weeks off work

People who move abroad for work often trade one cubicle for another, no matter how exotic the new locale. But according to a recent study by financial services company UBS, a number of cities across the world average at least 30 days of paid vacation time - more than six weeks ­- not including national holidays. That's especially generous when compared to destinations like Bangkok, Beijing and Los Angeles, where annual leave averages between 10 and 14 days. We talked to residents in some of these places to find out what life is like - and where they travel during their days off.

São Paulo, Brazil

Residents were quick to call São Paulo a city of workaholics, so even though the Brazilian government requires 30 days of paid leave each year - and Sao Paulo averages even higher at 31 - the only workers who generally take the full amount off are government workers and employees in retail and hospitality.

"Businessmen, people who work with arts in general, companies directors and managers cannot take 30 days because they cannot stay away from work that long," said Sao Paulo native Julienne Gananian.

But that also doesn't prevent residents from getting away when they can. "Paulistanos really love to travel," said native Melissa Fernades Olivera, managing director of Hotel Unique and author of travel and food blog Mel Fernades. "Those that remain in the state of Sao Paulo mostly go to the beach: Guarujá, Santos or North Beaches such as Camburi, Maresias, Baleia. Some go to the countryside where there are many private farms, and another portion goes to cities in other states like Rio de Janeiro, Buzios and Angra."

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