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Holiday or Vacation – What’s the difference?

Holiday or Vacation - What's the difference?

Depending on which side of the “pond” (Atlantic Ocean) you are from, you may have different things come to mind when you hear the word holiday. For those who live in the United Kingdom, British English uses the term “holiday” to mean a vacation or getaway. However, for those who live in the United States or Canada, a holiday refers to a particular day in the year that is chosen to observe a special occasion such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and so on. A vacation, on the other hand, is the term used when going somewhere to enjoy a bit of time away from the everyday grind. Whether it is going to include excitement and adventure or rest and relaxation (or all of the above!), a vacation (or a holiday for British folks) is a well-deserved and necessary part of enjoying life to the fullest.

A “Holiday” Inspired by Music

Even though Madonna might hail from the United States, her 1983 hit “Holiday” had nothing to do with celebrating traditional holidays like Christmas or Easter. Instead, the song embraced the word holiday as an expression for carefree fun and taking time to get away from the stress and pressure of everyday life the way you do when you go on vacation. Since it was released more than three decades ago, the song has been a reminder to treat yourself to a vacation every now and then so that you do not get burned out from working too hard. Why not follow the pop queen’s advice and indulge in a holiday of your own!

A Vacation (or Holiday!) in Puerto Vallarta

If you have been thinking about taking a vacation in Puerto Vallarta, you are in good company. Situated along Mexico’s Pacific coast in the sheltered waters of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most sought-after destinations in which to spend a vacation or holiday. There is something to keep everyone entertained, from amazing restaurants and outstanding shopping opportunities to thrilling outdoor adventures and breathtaking stretches of beach where relaxation is the ultimate goal. Puerto Vallarta is also home to spectacular accommodations including the luxurious Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa where you can bask in the magnificent waterfront atmosphere. A vacation or holiday in this Mexican paradise is something everyone should treat themselves to!


Whether you prefer to call it a holiday or a vacation, a stay at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is sure to make your escape to Puerto Vallarta one of the most incredible experiences of your life!


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