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Do you have a crazy amount of vacation time?

Jun 28th, 2006, 12:06 PM
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I do consider myself lucky because I get a considerable amount of vacation time. I'm in my twenties and have been with this organization for about three years. Right now I have 6 weeks of vacation, in addition to 7 sick days a year and every other Friday off.

Unfortunately DH gets about half the vacation time I do so its not like I am traveling all the time because of it, although I would too. Still, we manage to go to Europe about twice a year, in addition to numerous long weekend getaways here in the US.

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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:12 PM
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kswl: I run a publishing and translation company. I have about 200 freelancers around the world who do the work for me, so all I need is a computer and a cell phone, so I can match clients up with freelancers and monitor the work from anywhere. It's not perfect, and things certainly run more smoothly when I'm back in the home office, but after 28 years in business things do tend to just get themselves done.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:14 PM
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I have four weeks...I like to take it during fed hoildays so I can extend it.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:16 PM
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26 days + 10 days 'family care time + 10 bank holidays. Yes, I work for a bank.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:38 PM
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I think a lot of the folks who talk about so much time on here are retired (weeks and weeks), or some have a lot of tenure. I only have a little over three weeks and I have a lot of tenure, because that is the maximum my company gives anyone. I could work here 50 years and never get more. It's funny because my boss is pretty generous in other ways and I really like the work and everything else, so I make do with that. We do get decent holidays and I can usually convince him to give me a few "comp days" each year for all my overtime, so I manage to eke out about four total weeks.

I personally think a 20 something with three full weeks of vacation in the US is doing pretty good and has nothing to complain about, just because a lot of people move around a lot in jobs at that age and vacation time is usually related to tenure. I admit my former company gave 3 weeks to anyone who worked at least 5 years, so you could do that if you were 29, perhaps. Not many people in my profession (health policy and health services research consulting) tay in the same job 5 years at the beginner level, though, and I don't think it would be a good idea professionally, either. You couldn't gain the appropriate experience.

I don't know what's wrong with my boss as our peer industries and the govt. (whom we consult for a lot) all give more vacation at 10+ yrs tenure than we have.

I dont' take all of it at once and don't really have any great desire to go on vacation for 4+ weeks, frankly. I couldn't anyway due to my home situation, not because of work. I have done that occasionally by saving up some days over years, but only to go to a 4-week course or something, not just to hang out and travel four weeks.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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I have my own law practice. I take vacation whenever I want, but there is no one paying me for my vacation time. So, there is a down side.

Having said that, as you get older and the kids fly the coop, there is less incentive to kill yourself working. So long as I make enough to pay the bills and take one or two vacations a year (not necessarily overseas), that's what I want.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 12:57 PM
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As StCirq, I work for myself and give myself as much vacation time as I please. My vacations are never working vacations, though!
My husband, who has been working at the same company for about 30 years, gets 64 days (*) of paid leave, official holidays (10) not included. Sick leave as much as he likes as long as it's prescribed by a physician (sick leave is paid, of course).
Some explanation re the 54 days: their official working hours is 32.5 hrs per week but in reality they work 40 hrs. Consequently they have a lot of compensation time (around 40 days yearly).
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Jun 28th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Thanks, St. Cirq, for the reply. It sounds like interesting work. I know a man who translates Dutch (and other languages as well) and he stays very busy. Many people on Fodor's are self-employed, and I find it very interesting the kinds of jobs they do.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Hi J,

>I don't want to wait until I'm retired to do lots and lots of traveling!<

Well kid, you're going to have to pay your dues, like the rest of us did.

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Jun 28th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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As my screen name reveals, I am a teacher with the last two weeks of June, all of July and part of August off. I get a spring break in late March and a winter break in late December. I know that I am fortunate; however, my husband is mid-level management and only gets 2 weeks per year. Neither one of us makes a fortune, so the only way we have been able to travel to Europe 2-3 times a year has been with his frequent-flier miles and Marriott hotel points. Even so, my own husband gets resentful every summer when he leaves for work and I still sleep. Last summer, he didn't want to blow both of his vacation weeks on a trip all at once, so I went with my sister to Italy instead. It took me WEEKS of non-nagging to make up for leaving him behind.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:16 PM
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I know, I know, Ira. I plan to take care of myself, you know, eat right and exercise, so that I'm in good shape once I hit 60 In the meantime, I know I'm very fortunate to have gone to Europe the number of times I have...
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:20 PM
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jenandstephen - I totally agree with you... I don't want to wait until I'm retired! You never know what might happen before then. I too am in my 20s and I'm frustrated with the minimal vacation I have with a new job. Unfortunately, my profession requires that I work weekends (I currently have Thursday/Friday off) and I am only allotted four holidays: Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, Easter Day, and New Year's Day! I have ten vacation days, but can't take them all at once.

I love my new job but I am struggling hard with the vacation issues. Add to that the fact that I'll finally be making enough money where I can start to travel, but now don't have the ideal schedule! AND, due to recent major changes in my personal life, I am completely flexible with when and where I can go. I just don't have the time!

My solution is, for now, to make my family come to me on the holidays (haha!) and use the two weeks' vacation for two major nine-day vacations. Then, hopefully, after a couple years, I can try to take a leave of absence and do a BIG trip... Or I can dream!
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:21 PM
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Hi jen,

Also remember to be maxing out those IRAs and 401ks so that you can perhaps retire early and have plenty of funds for travel
I repeat this to myself for motivation every month when we fund ours. Thinking of a dreamy meal somewhere in Italy will also do the trick ;-)
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:37 PM
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Hi jen,
Long time lurker, minimal poster here.

I'm another 20-something doing my time in the "real world". I only have 2 weeks vacation every year so making that stretch is difficult. We're doing 13 days in Italy in November - here's the way it works. Fly out on November 10, back on November 23 with 2 days to recover before going back to work. With the combination of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, we get 13 days in heaven for 8 days to "the man". Not bad! That even leaves 2 extra days for a sanity check somewhere else (like Christmas time).

Our other trick is going international every other year. That helps the budget a bit as domestic trips don't cost as much and can be broken out into smaller chunks throughout the year.

Of course, I can't wait for 55...
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:40 PM
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I have 3 weeks vacation. Had I not left this company for a couple years I would have four. I work every holiday & actually haven't had even a Christmas off since 1982. I think I get 5 sick days a year but I've never taken any so I'm not sure.

Sorry, but not a lot of sympathy for a 20-something with only 2 weeks vacation.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:47 PM
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I have been with my company for over 10 years, but not sequential (2.5 years the first time, 7.5 years this time), so I only had 2 weeks of vacation. You don't get 3 weeks until you've been with the company for 10 years sequentially - or at least that's how it's supposed to go. When I complained to my boss jokingly that it should be my 10 year anniversary this year, and that I should be getting 3 weeks vacation, he said he didn't understand why I shouldn't get it and made some phone calls. He got it approved by corporate and bingo!! 3 weeks vacation! (plus 5 personal days)

I thought this week would be perfect for a European vacation as it would have required me taking only 5 vacation days, but I would have gotten an 11 day vacation out of it (two weekends, plus we have the 3rd and 4th off - floating holiday and holiday) Alas I didn't plan ahead enough.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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I suppose this is a silly question to ask on a travel board, but does anybody out there NOT use their vacation days? I know more people who just seem to accumulate vacation days rather than traveling. Sometimes they even remark that they actually lose their days at the end of the year if they don't take them. And then there's those who take money in lieu of time off.

I'm retired now (retired at the ripe old age of 43), but even when my DH and I had jobs, we always took our vacation. Even if it was just camping in a tent, the time off was crucial for relaxation and family togetherness.

So, do any of you accumulate more days than you use?

Happy travels y'all!

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Jun 28th, 2006, 02:53 PM
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Please pardon my nosy question, but what sort of career did you pursue that allowed you to retire in your early 40s?
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Jun 28th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Kopp, I have more vacation days then I can use. Unfortunately, I don't have enough money to use them all, so I "sell" some of them back to the company. Otherwise, I'd stay at home not to lose them.

I am not complaining. The younger one just graduated with honors, thanks to me not using all vacation days - the greatest trade-off in my opinion.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 03:15 PM
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Yes, I accumulate more days of vacation than I use. It's rather easy to do, though. I prefer to take one week of vacation twice a year and then a few days off here and there. I never use up the full 4 weeks I accrue.

I have taken vacations 2+ weeks at a time, and find they are far more expensive. Plus, it gets difficult leaving pets for that long and the situation at work gets stickier. One week twice a year works just fine.

Also, it was more difficult to travel when I was younger and I sometimes think I still have that mentality. And I do like having a buffer of time off available to me in the event that I need emergency time or in the event of illness.
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