By Sydney Carver
All work and no play can make any lady boss a dull girl, and fashion blogger and fellow travel lover Sydney Carver, of Summer Wind, couldn’t agree more. But she knows how difficult it can be to turn those limited vacation days into awesome travel plans. That’s why Sydney shares her tips with Travelle on making the most of your vacation days, so you can satisfy your wanderlust and keep your boss happy.
First thing's first, if you are looking for a new job or just entering the post-grad world, negotiate your vacation day benefits. It's also worth noting that if you have been with a company for a while, when asking for a raise/promotion, it's not out of the ordinary to be awarded extra paid time off. Or, in lieu of a monetary raise, think about asking for a raise in vacation days! Your company may also let you take unpaid vacation days if you don’t mind taking a pay cut.
Work From 'Home'
Very flexible jobs will allow you to work as you travel and not have to use your travel day as a full vacation day because you can work from the airport, during their flight, in a hotel room, etc. Just be sure to actually work and show you are responsible and not take advantage of this luxury!
You may have to be willing to fly at obscure times, pay more for your travel etc. On many occasions, I have woken up at 3 or 4am to be able to go into work, work a full day and leave by 1 or 2pm to either hit the road or be able to catch a certain flight. I also think it's smart to book a flight during a holiday so you can get those extra days in without having to use a vacation day.
Working Hard Pays Off
This might not be true for super corporate settings, but can you work weekends or overtime and then use those extra hours to take as comp time? This is something to ask about when you are thinking about accepting a position. With most salaried positions, you get no extra payment nor do you get extra time off-- however, some companies offer comp time. If you anticipate working a ton of overtime, it's well worth it to receive comp time.
Can you opt to work a holiday and then have that extra day to take off at another point in time? For example, will your boss allow you to work Columbus Day, even though you have off? Again, all of this depends on your company/boss, but it gives you that extra day to take when you want it, and you don't have to spend a ton traveling during a holiday!
Get Extra Vacation Days
A lot of companies offer the ability to buy or sell vacation days. They're sometimes expensive, but can be well worth it.
Get A Late Flight
This is kind of annoying, but I only regret it on Monday morning when I'm exhausted, and then, in the long run, I am glad I did it. I like to get a super early flight on a Friday, so usually I am there for a full day Friday, and then I book my flight home super late on a Sunday. That way, I get a full 3 days in. If you're willing to be a little tired come Monday morning, it's worth it for that extra time spent at your destination!
Go On A Short Trip
If you can, book a flight on a Thursday night, but early enough so you can enjoy dinner and a night out in your new destination. This really only works for short trips. Think about working remotely in your hotel room for half a day on Friday morning (6am to 11am/noon)-- it's always fun to order room service while you work! This way, you can get away for 3 full nights and only take a half day off! This works for road trips, too!