Originally Posted by at_nyc
How do you guys manage a trip each month? Not only I don't quite have as many vacation days, I simply can't take a week off each month! Work would pile up to such a degree I'll be holding the entire group up (and likely be shown the door if THAT happens)!
Great question! I pretty much take zero vacation during the Summer. Also, my ski trips aren't always long. For example, I'm flying to Portland on a Friday, skiing Saturday/Sunday, coming back Monday. So, since it's over the course of the weekend, I only have to take two days off. I'm doing the same with Jackson Hole. I'll be taking a week off for TSV Ski Week, and probably Big Sky, but that still amounts to a total of a couple of weeks plus a few days, which is a pretty standard amount of vaca time for many folks. Since I'm willing to work around most holidays since I don't have a family, and don't go on long trips in the Summer, my boss doesn't seem to mind too much when I take off at these random times where everyone else is at the office.
What also helps is that I'm self-employed, and do not get any paid time off. It's all out of pocket, and doesn't cost the client anything. So I'm a little bit more free than your average person, not having to beg for time off. I leave when I please, but of course get hit with smaller paychecks when I do that. Well worth it, though! I've worked my tail off this year so I can afford to goof off more this winter. That's what 4 months of working 80 hour work weeks gets ya!