If you were to ask me for how long... I'd say 6 months.
For those of you already working, you should try to really take a long vacation. Try to leave all the thoughts of work at work and enjoy yourself. Everyone needs a little time away... I heard them say... from the stressful environment that is work.
I've always wondered why the United States' attitude towards work is that much different from any European country. I constantly hear that European have a better work life balance.
In any case, my recent departure from my last job has given me this time to reflect on the idea of "vacation" and time away from "work." We will all work some 40-50 years. What's wrong with taking a few weeks to relieve yourself? Anyway, it's nice to have this time off from work and not have to think about tax or any work related responsibilities. You should all try it...