TAKING TIME OFF FOR TRAVEL
As an American, I know all too well how limited vacation days can be a hindrance to international travel. Compared to the rest of the developed world our paid days off are laughable and sad. Before I decided to quit my job to travel, I had to get creative to maximize my vacation days if I ever wanted to see the world.
USE BOTH WEEKENDS + HOLIDAY In addition to paid days off, most 9 to 5 jobs offer weekends and national holidays off from work. This was my favorite method, and my trips would usually go something like this…Fly out on a Friday evening, utilize a Monday holiday and return on the following Sunday. That gave me 9 days for a trip while only using 4 days of paid vacation. This method also allowed for some extended weekend trips to closer destinations.
FLEXIBLE HOURS Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to come in early, stay late or work a Saturday in order to have a day or two more of vacation. If I had an upcoming trip planned, I would work an extra hour a day to enable me to leave early on a Friday or to take an extra day off. Working through your lunch is another alternative to build up your hours.
UNPAID TIME OFF Again every situation is different, but taking unpaid time off could be an option. As long as your clients and projects are going smoothly and you don’t have a deadline looming, your boss may be inclined to let you take a day or two without pay.
ASK FOR IT Traveling is my top priority, and I make it very clear to any new employer. I would easily trade a salary increase for more time off. I understand that not everyone is in that position, but I am willing to make sacrifices for my travels. If you find yourself in the same situation, sometimes you just need to ask for what you want. A good dependable employee with an understanding boss may easily get the extra time without sacrificing other benefits.