14 Days

This article in the Chicago Tribune is very timely for me as I am making plans to get away this fall. As of now New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles and San Francisco areas are my current choices.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances and expenses I may not be taking a vacation at all! The article states that working Americans get 14 days paid vacation per year on average, but many are unable to use all of it. Some have a hard time even using half!

Have you had a harder time getting away from work? Will you take more or less than 14 days vacation this year?

12 Comments so far

  1. erinoia (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

    I went to Nashville twice over the past 4 months or so, and it was just great. It’s a really interesting town, has great bars (I recommend Robert’s, a honky-tonk on Broadway) and really cool pedestrian bridges. East Nashville is really cool, definitely a hip part of town. Check out the Alley Cat for a great brunch. Even if you don’t love country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame is incredibly interesting.
    Also, Southwest runs deals there quite frequently–44 bucks each way from Midway.

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Less than 14 days for me. On average a high school kid flipping burgers in Germany gets more vacation days than an American worker.

    This article is scathing and hilarious: http://www.alternet.org/workplace/41404/

  3. jack (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

    If you have the vacation time you should take it. There is no work excuse for not using your time. You get it for a reason. The worst possible reason I have ever heard for someone not taking a vacation is that work is too busy. That is the main reason to take a vacation. If your job is going to fire you for taking vacation they gave you then it is not a job worth having. I don’t have 14 days vacation, but I do use all that I have and sometimes more.

  4. steven (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    less. only 3 days so far. i have 5 days over xmas coming to me though. :) :)

    but i still have 15 left on the year. its simply way too busy to take all the vacation. a day here and there works for me though. plus, vacation is pretty expensive, and saving money is the plan for now.

  5. Bill V (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    My problem is that being in a sales position I am actually losing money every day I don’t work. That’s not saying I don’t have money coming in every day, just that the potential for much better money is only there when I’m there. So week-long vacations are tough, but little by little it gets better. I do enjoy coming in late and leaving early when I want, just don’t take a lot of actual full vacation days.

  6. Casey (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    All of my vacation days were used up so I could take a 12-week maternity leave. Alas!

  7. Viva Reagan (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    Hey Nikko, move to Germany and flip burgers so that you can do that skill the entire month of August when everyone else in Europe is on holiday!

  8. jack (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    The problem (or reason if you don’t consider it a problem) is summed up very nicely in your reply about losing money. People in the US don’t take vacation or get vacation because most people have a warpped sense that money is more important than quality of life. Who cares if you have the chance to make more money if it means you don’t have the chance the enjoy it. I don’t make a lot of money, but I do take the time to do the things I want to do in life. If something comes up and it seems funor interesting I would rather spend money to do it and take time of work (even unpaid time) than miss opportunities to enjoy life. What good is working and making money if you don’t have the time to enjoy it.

  9. Bill V (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    Jack, that is a good point, and I try to follow that advice all year long. I’ve been away several weekends this year in MI or WI, Austin TX, and Mexico. So I am probably at my 14 days. 3 kids (one with some medical issues), house, you get the picture I hope. Can’t just do all that is fun anymore (you’ll have to trust me, but I do get out quite a bit). Money is important, and yes the folks that are only thinking of lots of money are missing the boat on life itself.

  10. jack (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 10:21 am

    sounds like you are doing pretty well with the vacations. In fact it sounds like you have managed more than me this year and I have no kids to cause me to need to be home or responsible. maybe its time to take a weekend trip. I will say that I mainly only get away for long weekends also, not full week vacations. good to know some people are enjoying what they can and not working themselves to death.

  11. Ben (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Vacation is a glorious thing and is definitely something that should be used if possible. Employers factor the vacation time you receive into your salary, or more clearly put, employers pay you less money because they give you vacation.

    Personally, this year I’ve already had trips to Florida (Clearwater and Orlando), Atlanta/Athens, Jamaica and several to Wisconsin. Upcoming trips involve Seattle, San Jose (Roger Waters show), FL and Turkey.

    Hooray for time off.

  12. jack (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    One place I worked used to give 3 weeks vacation (or more, but starting with 3) but you had to take at least 1 week of it all at once. Seems like a very good policy more people should use as it forces people to get out of the office long enough to really relax and get refreshed. Plus if you don’t do this you end up with people that constantly take a friday/monday off and are out of the office for a day or two evry couple weeks. This is much more disruptive than someone being gone for a full week and around most of the rest of the time.

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