Take advantage of your “free” days off
If you suffer from a lack of vacation days and a huge case of wanderlust you are not alone. Many people in the USA struggle to balance their need to get out of town, take a rest and bond with their family. One way I have maximized our time off is by taking advantage of national holidays. If your company already gives you the day off tack on a few extra days to get the most out of your allotted vacation time.
One benefit of this type of vacation planning is that you are already getting yourself set up to be out of the office for a longer period of time. Whenever I would have a 3-day weekend there was tons of prep I had to do to make sure all of my international vendors and clients knew how to move forward while I was out. If I added a few extra days onto my weekend it wasn’t as big of a deal. I just set them up for a longer period of time.
Another advantage is that your office will already be gearing up for vacation mode. Who doesn’t love a long weekend or holiday? People leave early on Friday to get a jump on the weekend or sneak out to catch an earlier plane while no one is paying much attention. This could give you an added few hours to sneak away yourself, finish packing and head out the door.
How do you maximize your holidays and vacation days?