Where did my vacation go?

by Kara on November 2, 2009

I was writing a cranky post about the lack of vacation time in the US, when I ran across a little less cranky post by the fellow at Land, Air, and See. I can’t complain too much, because I actually have more vacation time than him, although my employer is doing its best to keep me from saving all my vacation for one big trip each year by forcing us to take vacation as extra days around other holidays. Starting in 2009, I had to take one extra day during the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays, AND there are six days I must take off in December. That leaves me with 11 days to work with in planning my vacation. We spent three weeks in Korea last year, but it looks like no more three week vacations.

The sad thing is that the other blogger and I have it pretty good compared to some folks. Lots of people in the US have no paid vacation, even if they are lucky enough to have a job. When I think about how much that vacation means to me and how much I need it, it is hard to imagine not having any vacation at all. But I can’t help it, I still want more so I can travel as much as possible.

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kelly November 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

My Mom works for the post office and has about 5 weeks of vacation time a year. She’s constantly complaining that it’s not enough time. I have to remind her that she gets a lot more than most.

Whatever you decide to do with it, I hope you have an awesome time!!

Kara November 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

And then there was my Mom, who taught kindergarten and had three months off in the summer. Although if I spent nine months of the year with 50 five year olds, then I would need three months off too!

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