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Do you have a crazy amount of vacation time?

Aug 18th, 2006, 11:57 AM
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AFter 15 years with the same company, I get 5 weeks plus 2 personal days and we're allowed 10 sick days per year which you can accumulate so if you have a serious illness, you'd be paid 100% of your salary before going on long-term benefits which I don't think is 100% salary.

After 25 years, it's 6 weeks plus 2 plus sick time.

First year here is two weeks + 2; you're supposed to be here 2 years before jumping to 3 weeks but they give it in the second year.

4 weeks after 10 years.

It works out well along with stat holidays but still people complain.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 01:07 PM
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In response to this question, in December I will have 3 weeks vacation time per year. However, since I work for a college I have every holiday off under the sun and we close down for almost 2 weeks at Xmas. I am so lucky. I used to work in private industry with the standard 2 weeks vacation. Last year was our first trip to Europe. One of our children is now married and expecting a baby and the other one just graduated with her masters in counseling. We are going to Italy this year. We are now finally able to afford and have the time to travel outside the U.S. It is great if one can travel when in their twenties, but I was raising two small children and also was divorced at the time - no money or time available. We decided last year it was time to start traveling while we are still young enough and in good shape.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 02:50 PM
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yes, travelerjan, don't feel blue...now that I no longer have the DH either, and am trying to juggle my pennies constantly, it is harder to simply get by, let alone travel (and don't get me started on having to deal with the dead mouse removal duty).

But since I also teach at the college level and have a lot of vacation time, I try to schedule a foreign trip every other year and opt to work a good deal of the summer to pay the way. I, too, as mentioned by others, stay in cheaper places, take public transport, share rooms & beds with pals, try to go before high season rates kick in, and scrimp on other things here at home, like clothes, new furniture, non-essential hi-tech treats, dinners at posh restaurants...

I am hoping for a trip next summer to Greece, but I really won't know if it is in the budget until January. Meanwhile, I try to enjoy closer to home weekends and doing as much free and cheap fun stuff as I can! Fodors keeps me feeling like I'm still on a journey..
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Aug 18th, 2006, 04:54 PM
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I a tenured faculty member and have 6 weeks paid vacation every year, plus time off to participate in academic meetings.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 05:05 PM
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Sorry, I meant to write "I am a...". Also, I do a lot of "academic tourism", that is, I always take a few days either before, or after my international meetings, to go sightseeing. Whenever possible, I plan my itineraries so that I can also visit another place using my vacation time. For example, I will be attending a meeting in Cairo and Luxor next month, and then will stop in Rome for a week (vacation) on my way back to Brazil.
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