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Do you have a crazy amount of vacation time?

Jun 28th, 2006, 03:20 PM
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After six years of post doc MD training, three years as a USN medical department head at NRMC, San Diego, I finally got my first (and only) private practice job at age 35 1/2 with a large group.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 03:30 PM
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To the OP..."but we can't imagine blowing it all at once!" Please don't ever, ever refer to a trip to Europe as "blowing" your vacation!!! ;-)
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:05 PM
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I am a 20 something 2.5 times over. I started traveling about 4 years ago and had 3 weeks/year with a lot of unused days as well.

I started out with 2 week vacations and advanced to using 3 weeks/year. I "retired" from my job for 6 months, when I was asked to return.

As part of my employment terms, I was only to work 18 hr/week and be allowed to take off whenever I wanted, provided I give ample notice.

This year I took 7 weeks off already with another 2-3 weeks planned in the later part of this year. Too boot, I get paid!!!! I use the for travel!

My DF usually accompanies me for 2 weeks. He owns a business and doesn't like to take too much time off. But he will take long weekends.

Life is good and so is travelling.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 10:12 PM
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kopp, I don't think that's a silly question. We usually travel about 3 to 4 times a year for a week or 10 days. With the 64 days a year my husband gets we could travel a lot more if we would have the funds. That's almost 13 weeks, after all!
He always takes his vacation days, though 'cause if he doesn't, they're lost. I think he can transfer max. 10 days to the next year and in Belgium one can't 'sell' them back to the company and take the money instead. I don't think he would that, even if he could. We're close to a lot of interesting places and we make a lot of daytrips, too. We're not complaining at all.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 10:49 PM
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Geeze - 43 responses and so far only one other teacher. There's your answer guys - teach. And it doesn't have to be k-12 teaching either. I teach at the college level and get 14 weeks total vacation a year. And that is actually almost 8 weeks less than most college teachers. I teach nursing and when I made the switch from working in a hospital I went from 3 weeks vacation to 14. My husband is a journalist, who gets only 4 weeks. At the moment he teaches college level journalism part time in addition to his newspaper job, but if he made the switch to full time teaching he'd get the same vacation time I do. But until that time I do about half my traveling without him.

So if you want more vacation time, think about whatever it is you do and see if there isn't a way you could teach it. The old saying "those who can do, those who can't teach" is ridiculous - those who want a nice lifestyle teach.(It's also a great job for other reasons).
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Jun 28th, 2006, 10:50 PM
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Wow kerouac, 10 weeks! You must either be the school system or benefit from RTT (35 hour week)!

I'm also in Paris (40 hours/wk though) and have 8 weeks vacation + 13 national holidays.

It seems like a lot of days BUT the rhythm of life is different here and I find that I need to take random days off to get normal daily things done.

As in other places, longer than 2 weeks is hard to arrange at work and for boarding pets.
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Jun 28th, 2006, 11:21 PM
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I'm also lucky enough to enjoy around 4 1/2 months of vacation a year since I teach at university level.

The vast majority of this time shoud be spent on reading grad student papers, advising dissertations, reviewing journal articles, reading and writing academic articles and books. As one might deduce by how much time I've been spending on this board, however, I'm likely to get fired in a couple of years when I go up for tenure, if I keep going at this rate.

I hope I write the book in time, secure tenure for myself and make the most of this schedule until I hopefully retire at least 5 years early. Isn't retiring early easier if you don't plan on having kids?
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Jun 28th, 2006, 11:35 PM
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>I don't want to wait until I'm retired to do lots and lots of traveling!<

Perhaps you should try to get a job in Europe ?

I get 28 days annual leave + 9 days bank holidays - plus sick leave (it seems outrageous that some Americans evidently have to use their holiday for sickness). Just back from 3 weeks in Italy
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Jun 29th, 2006, 12:20 AM
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I work for myself and my husband is semi retired but even when he worked we would take three/four weeks off to travel to Europe. It is standard in Oz to have 4 weeks annual leave. It takes us 24 hrs to even get there and of course another 24 hours to get back. the jetlag is pretty horrendous so all in all you need the three weeks minimum to make the most of travelling that distance. We get about 3 - 4 weeks leave from school in June/July depending on the type of school you attend so a lot of families travel to Europe from Oz at this time and most would go for the whole holiday time. Our longest school holiday break is at Christmas time where the kids get up to 8 weeks but unless you like the cold it is not the best time to travel to Europe.

We only go to Europe though about every 2-3 years, most people also would not do the long haul every year, not to mention the expense and the airfares of course are anything but cheap. An average economy fare to Europe would be just under A$2000, you can of course get early bird deals. As for business class you are looking at about A$6000-8000. So time is not our biggest problem it is distance and $$$.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 12:50 AM
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My amount of vacation time is determined by how many hours I work. So I pick up as many extra hours that I can, knowing what awaits me at the end!

I will be taking a month off this coming October. I will spend the OT with 3 weks in Amsterdam, Venice, Bologna, Florence and Paris. Well worth it IMO.

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Jun 29th, 2006, 03:30 AM
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In France, the workers have got 5 weeks of vacation and the students have got a lot of months of vacation! We are lucky!
This year I'm going to an Atlantic'isle, like every year. And then in a touristic city in France during 2 weeks with friends.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 05:23 AM
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I definitely don't use all of my vacation days. As mentioned above I get quite a bit (30 days a year in addition to sick days, etc.) but hubby does not. Since I would rather go to Europe with him, I just let the extra time roll over each year.

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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:01 AM
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TexasAggie, you're not nosy, just curious, lol! I was a court reporter for about 22 years, retired when we moved to Austin from SoCal 11 years ago.

Happy travels!

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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:17 AM
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Just come back from a five week holiday in Europe. My feeling here is that coming from Cape Town, South Africa, its a long haul to Europe and costly so why not make the most of it. Five weeks is a lot and people I spoke to in Venus (mainly Americans) could not believe that people could get this much leave. Lucky!!
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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:25 AM
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I work at a National Laboratory and have had 5 weeks vacation time from when I was hired in 1984. We also get 12 paid holidays. With the exception of 5 days, I use all of it to travel.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:31 AM
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My spouse is a teacher, if that counts. Currently she works out of the house (for her school) & is a stay at home Mom. She is also teaching summer school. In fact she has always worked in the summers. You might try this, my wife & I were married for nearly 10 years prior to having children. We traveled every chance we could. (Two incomes doesn't hurt you know). Now w/two kids, we still travel every chance we get, but if we'd have had kids younger, that surely would have been different (We're now 43/36 w/a 4 & 1 yr old). One year, we went to Europe 3 times. I don't see that happening again anytime soon...
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Jun 29th, 2006, 06:58 AM
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Those of you who said you don't use all of your vacation time, because you can't afford to travel for all of it, why don't you just take a week off and rest at home? Some of my best time off is spent that way!
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Jun 29th, 2006, 07:07 AM
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saltymuffin, I do use some of my vacation time to just stay at home a few days a year. Usually DH gets me a gift certificate to a local dayspa for anniversaries, birthday, etc and I use vacation days to spend the day at the spa. Wonderful! I also use them when we do some home remodeling, to get caught up on my homework, or to just spend the day with my little niece and nephew at the pool. I love vacations but sometimes it is nice to have some R&R at home.

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Jun 29th, 2006, 07:12 AM
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saltymuffin ~

I've had people at work ask me the same thing. And it's not that I have to travel when I take time off - no, not at all. I just want to do something! Sitting around the house? To me, that is boring and dull. I usually end up finding something that needs to be done that ends up costing far too much money and entaling far too much work and really didn't need to be done in the first place! Besides, I don't have kids so a far number of my weekends are spent at home kicking back - why take additional time off to do that?
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Jun 29th, 2006, 07:25 AM
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I guess it depends a bit on your job, if you need to take all of your time off. My job is quite stressful, and I find that I really need to use some time to decompress once in a while. I love to travel, but I often come home exausted. Having a week off to myself "at home" is really good for my sanity! I don't really mean staying "at home" either. Sometimes it is a local camping trip or visit with family or friends, or a local get away. Just a break from work. I could do with a couple more weeks like that each year!
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