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Originally published Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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Sun is always a draw for German folks at home and abroad

The country's generous vacation time for workers and general affluence fuels their trips to sunny places. Germans average about 30 days of vacation a year, says the Eurofound research group, plus about a dozen public holidays.

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LIFE'S A beach for sun-starved northerners once warm spring and summer days finally arrive.

And Germans are some of the most sun-devoted, flocking to beaches and outdoor pools in their own country (as above in the western city of Möhnesse) and around the world.

To whatever exotic sunny places you travel, no matter how remote they seem, intrepid Germans likely have been there, done that. India's isolated Andaman and Nicobar Islands? Cambodia's lonely Koh Rong Archipelago? The get-there-by-freighter-only Pitcairn Islands in the middle of the South Pacific? You'll follow in the footsteps of, or come across, German travelers.

The country's generous vacation time for workers and general affluence fuel their trips to sunny places. Germans average about 30 days of vacation a year, says the Eurofound research group, plus about a dozen public holidays.

Time, money and sun worship. No wonder the Germans are living the wanderlust.

Kristin R. Jackson is the editor of The Seattle Times' NWTraveler section. Contact her at kjackson@seattletimes.com.

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