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    Do Americans say "book a holiday"?
    If not, what would they say instead?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    Do Americans say "book a holiday"?
    If not, what would they say instead?

    Thank you in advance.
    We do. But plan a holiday or a trip or a vacation is more common.

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    Does plan involve making the reservations and getting the tickets in AmE?

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    What do you think about "arrange holidays"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Does plan involve making the reservations and getting the tickets in AmE?
    It does if the plan is executed.

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    Default Re: book a holiday

    We use "vacation" instead of "holiday."
    We do use "book" in some contexts but you're more likely to hear "reservations."

    I've just made hotel reservations for our vacation.
    Tomorrow I'm going to make reservations for our Caribbean cruise.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    You could certainly say that you planned your vacation, or made your vacation plans. You are more likely to "book" a flight or a hotel room rather than an entire "vacation."

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    Default Re: book a holiday

    Thank you for all your responses.
    I really appreciate it.
    I googled "book a holiday" and many of the results were from British Webpages.
    My understanding is that both people in Britain and the U.S. use the verb "book" but in a slightly different way, and that Americans use the word "reservation" more often.
    Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    Thank you for all your responses.
    I really appreciate it.
    I googled "book a holiday" and many of the results were from British Webpages.
    My understanding is that both people in Britain and the U.S. use the verb "book" but in a slightly different way, and that Americans use the word "reservation" more often.
    Am I right?
    Yes.

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    Default Re: book a holiday

    In BrE, you will certainly hear "I've booked my holiday". In the case of a package holiday, you can visit a travel agent or a website and make one single booking which incorporates your flights and hotel rooms for anything from a week to a month. Once that's booked, there's nothing to do except make sure you've got a valid passport, get the currency and pack your bags. None of those are part of the "booking a holiday" process.

    It's a little different if you choose to travel independently. Then you would "book a flight/flights" and then "book a hotel [room]/apartment/B&B/campsite". Even so, once all of those bookings are in place, you can still say "I've finally finished booking my holiday".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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