Some of us who are savers tend to have the mentality of putting away money for the proverbial rainy day. Obviously, having a blog header with the words “Squirrel Away Your Money”, I’m one of those people.
There’s something about peace of mind, knowing that you’re helping to take care of your needs in the future. I’ve talked before about financial motivation, and for me it’s to some degree about making sure that I’m not old and needing money. Better to err on the side of comfort in old age versus when younger, a time when it’s easier to do without certain things.
Speaking of taking care of future needs, I tend to keep a similar mindset when it comes to vacation days. You know, when we work so hard, it’s good to take those days off to recharge. I really think that consistently working long hours can be unhealthy, so for health’s sake it’s smart to disengage and chill. Plus, we all want to have more time to spend with family or simply just travel and have fun, depending on where we are in life. All work and no play is no fun!
So, I do value vacation days. I’m fine with what I currently get, though in terms of vacation days by country, the U.S. and Canada tend to trail developed countries in the word. We’re not lazy here. We probably work harder than we give ourselves credit for.
This is why I tend to carefully manage my vacation days. They’re important. In terms of needing days off for family, getting personal things done (doctor, etc), and taking time off to visit people, there aren’t a ton of days available to do everything you want to do. Not to mention that unwinding and relaxing that I mentioned above, which is so important for us.
Here is my pattern: I’ll take very few days at the beginning of the year, maybe 1 or two in the first 6 months. Then, I’ll take 4 days in the summer, to coincide with the 4th of July week. Kids aren’t in school, and with the national holiday, I can have the week off with just 4 (or sometimes 3) days off actually used. Then, I’ll back-load the latter part of the year with more days off.
It’s almost like delayed gratification, and saving money so that I can pay the price first and relax later. There’s something about having peace of mind knowing that you can get through the hard work, to get to your “reward” later in the year.
If we could figure out a way to earn “interest” on those days off that are saved much of the year, that would be even better 🙂
My Questions for You
How do you handle your vacation days?
Do you allocate them evenly though the year, or do you save them for any particular time period?
Do you feel like we get enough days off here in the U.S. and Canada, or are we an overworked society?