One of the questions I’m asked most often is how I’m able to travel so frequently. Well folks I have to admit there’s a method to the madness. I am not blessed with a job that has unlimited vacation days, but hopefully that will change one day. However, I believe in NOT leaving any vacation day behind. I’m fortunate I work for the federal government because it allows me to have all of the major U.S holidays off. As result, I try to schedule my vacations around holidays. In addition, I have every other Friday off because I work 9 hour days. This also allows me to take weekend trips without having to use any of my annual leave. February 2015 I went to Hong Kong over the President’s Day holiday weekend. Roughly I had 5 days in country, which isn’t much but I was able to do almost everything I wanted to. As result, I only took 2-3 days off . I left on a Friday and came back on Wednesday. This year on my trip to Israel, France, and Switzerland, I was gone for a total of 11 days but I only used 4 vacation days because of the Martin Luther King Holiday. Check out these simple tips to make the most of every vacation day!
- Travel over holiday weekends. The majority of my trips are always planned around holidays. This year I’m planning a trip over Memorial day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving.
- Take more frequent shorter trips. Extend the weekend- Thursday night through Monday. If you live in California, you could easily go to Mexico over an extended weekend.
- Take advantage of all opportunities to earn comp time instead of overtime pay. I have few opportunities to earn comp time but I always choose having an extra vacation day over more money.
Do you have plans to travel over Memorial Day too?? Where are you headed?