[pullquote]How do we cope with all this and manage to maximize our vacation time? Here are 8 helpful tips for accomplishing that and enjoying our next getaway.[/pullquote]
It’s well documented that Americans have the world’s highest living standards, but we also spend more time on the job than individuals in other countries.
Unfortunately and despite the fact that we get paid quite well to do our jobs, we are considerably less healthy, more stressed out, and spend much less time with our family members and loved ones. So the question is this. How do we cope with all this and manage to maximize our vacation time? Here are 8 helpful tips for accomplishing that and enjoying our next getaway.
First and foremost, plan ahead – as soon as you decide when you want to take your vacation, ask for the time off from work well in advance of taking your trip.
Build up your vacation time for an extended trip – if you are planning on a special vacation such as a cruise across the Atlantic to the UK or going on safari in Africa somewhere, you can’t do this in a week. Build up your vacation time throughout the year so you can enjoy this.
Extend your weekend getaway – either put in for a 3-day weekend or, if Monday is a holiday, put in for Friday off and take a 4-day weekend instead. This will give you an additional day to sightsee and enjoy the new place.
Go on sabbatical – if you’ve ever dreamed of taking up residence overseas or traveling through several different countries, the standard two-week vacation won’t cut it. If you have the finances to pull it off, why not take a leave of absence from your job.
If you’re up to it, take an overnight flight (red-eye) – instead of waiting at the airport and wasting a lot of your last vacation day, take an evening or early morning flight so you can still be at your desk on Monday as expected.
Start your trip earlier by leaving the day before – you can almost gain a full day by leaving the afternoon or evening before your first day off. This is a great way to beat some of the traffic.
Stretch a 5-day trip into 9 days – this isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can almost double the amount of time off you have by wrapping two weekends around your Monday-through-Friday vacation.
You should request some unpaid time off once in a while – if you’re not one of those people who are constantly living from one paycheck to the next, ask for a few extra days up to a week or more to solve the vacation crunch.