It can mean several things to many people, but to me it means a revival of my vacation time. Paid Time Off (PTO) from work. This is like gold to me as the days are few and the experiences many. It is a struggle for me each year to designate my precious days to what I want to do and it often means picking, choosing and sacrificing some things for others.
It is a less than ideal situation and one of the reasons we took a good hard look at our lives and made the decision to travel. I came across a really cool info graphic today that inspired this post about PTO time. Now, I know that America isn’t exactly known for it’s generous amounts of PTO for people that work their lives away. The standard in corporate America is 2 weeks paid, maybe a sick day or two if it is offered and that is it. Most Americans don’t even bother to use the small amount of time that they are given. This is saddening to me as there is a whole World out there to explore. And even if you aren’t a traveler, you have no hobbies? It is just a strange practice to me. Then again, I am that person that plans out EVERY SINGLE DAY of PTO I am given and then prays that I don’t get sick or need extra days when it is all said and done!
This mentality has enabled me to visit 31 countries and attend more horse shows than I care to admit over my past 12 years of dedication to the 9 to 5. It’s an amazing accomplishment, I know. But the truth of it is, it has put me in a situation of constantly feeling unfulfilled with my life. Always wanting more because I have just scratched the surface on some things that have changed me. Now, I have no intention on giving up my chance to see the World (94 days and counting!!!) but after looking at this info graphic, I think a little villa in Austria may be just the right balance when we decide to settle down again.
If you want a good laugh, I’ve already hypothetically planned out my year based on 42 days of vacation. I felt like a kid in a candy store, the most days I have ever had to work with is 20.
How much vacation time do you get? Where are you from and how do you use it?