October 26: Take Your Vacation

Every Wednesday, I’ll (try) to post up a Simple Living Tip, with an emphasis on tips that can be done while living a more traditional 9-to-5 life. 

I’m always amazed when I hear that many Americans don’t take all their vacation time each year, considering the average person gets 2 weeks and even if you get more days off, it’s unlikely to match the average European’s vacation time.  

If you want to enjoy a simpler life even though you’re still working full-time, you have to take your vacation days.  That time off is your golden chance to experience the slower pace of life enjoyed by those who have left the rat race.

I’ve been guilty of not taking my vacation time, too, so I get it.  You’re too busy, you have no money, you can’t coordinate your schedules, your boss doesn’t take vacations, you’re indispensible (BTW, no one is indispensible..), you hate planning, you hate flying, etc…But vacations don’t have to be complicated or even that planned out now that you can find last minute travel deals everywhere.  You can stay local or go hiking or pamper yourself at a day spa.  Or stay home and pretend you’re a pioneer and can your own vegetables.  Whatever.. just take your much deserved vacation time.

Do you take all your vacation days? If not, why?

3 responses to “October 26: Take Your Vacation

  1. I take all of mine–or just about–every year. Mr. Sandwich does not. We are both fortunate in that we work for an organization that (a) gives more than two weeks per year, and (b) lets us roll over quite a lot of vacation time indefinitely. That means that if we, say, wanted to take off a month next year, we could plan ahead for it and save up our vacation time.

    Since we don’t have that kind of plan, and have been on limited travel schedules due to life with Baguette, I have started taking off one day a month to clean the house. It’s not a pool-side day in the tropics, but it’s a change of scene that comes with a sense of accomplishment.

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