We've long been jealous of the fact that many European employees get at least 30 days of paid vacation per year.
This August, while we wallow in our cubicles, those lucky ducks will pack their chic, European purses and jet off to enjoy a break from being chic and European. But when hubs like Paris and Rome are crawling with tourists, where do the real Europeans go?
Boardered with limestone cliffs, Orosei gives Sardinia's touristy Costa Smeralda a run for its money. There are relaxing beaches only reachable by boat. And if they get restless on day 29 of paid vacay, those pesky Europeans can hike the Selvaggio Blu, a secret passageway that weaves in and out of coves along 30 miles of coast.
Kvarner Islands, Croatia
Europeans love to bask in their own history. Some head to the Kvarner Islands in Croatia, where Caesar came to kick it between conquests. With crystal-clear water, the islands are prime for dolphin spotting.
The Spanish know better than to touch Barcelona during summer, when study abroad students arrive and go crazy. Instead, they get their party on in Cadiz, a cozy seaport in the South. Authentic flamenco clubs beat those discos full of sweaty college kids.
Canton of Jura, Switzerland
The Jura Mountains are filled with the emptiness that Europeans crave after working in bustling cities. The Jura Crest Trail leads hikers through abandoned ski slopes with pit stops at cutesy resorts and restaurants.
For an ultra-private getaway, Europeans take a 20-minute ferry ride to Porquerolles, off the coast of France. This teensy slice of heaven is just over four miles long and has only three bed and breakfasts. Bonjour, solitude.
They say Christian Louboutin, aka The Most Chic European Ever, comes to Comporta when he's feeling ultrachic. It's a trendy paradise with bean bags in lieu of lounge chairs and sleek cottages for rent.
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10. Australia (28 days off)
Prams are parked on the walkway above the beachside Bronte pool at Bronte beach on December 1, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Temperatures in the high 30s have seen people flock to beaches to seek relief from the heat. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
9. Ireland (29 days off)
Ewan Scott of Scotland during The Faldo Series Grand Final at the Lough Erne resort on September 13, 2012 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
7. New Zealand (30 days off)
Skiiers ride a chairlift at Treble Cone ski resort on July 28, 2011 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
7. Belgium (30 days off)
A young woman rests besides her bicycle near the Ourthe river in the Houffalize area, 05 August 2003, as temperatures keep rising all over Belgium. (DAVID MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
5. Italy (31 days off)
Elevated view of famous beach umbrellas of Amalfi with cruise ship in background in the province of Salerno, Amalfi, Italy, Europe (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)
5. France (31 days off)
Young girls refreshes themselves on the beach in Nice, southern France, on a sunny Monday, July 22, 2013. Temperatures on the French Riviera reached 37 degree Celsius (98 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
3. Spain (34 days off)
Tourists dance in a disco in Sant Antoni de Portmany on Spain's Ibiza Island early on July 4, 2012. Sant Antoni de Portmany is the second largest city on Ibiza Island and is a favoured destination for tourists. (JAIME REINA/AFP/GettyImages)
3. Germany (34 days off)
In this photo taken Friday Oct. 14, 2011, a mountain hiker transcending the Garsellikopf approaches the Three Sisters mountains, seen ibackground, near Planken, Liechtenstein. (AP Photo/Keystone/Arno Balzarini) GERMANY OUT - AUSTRIA OUT
1. Portugal (35 days off)
People sunbathe and swim at the beach a few minutes walk from the apartment where Madeleine McCann went missing in the resort of Praia da Luz on August 9, 2007 in the Algarve, Portugal. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
1. Austria (35 days off)
Women enjoying Wellness in hotel Mohr Life Resort in Lermoos with a view on german highest Mountain Zugspitze on October 25, 2008 in Lermoos, Austria, (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)