Post # 1
I realize everyone’s vacation plans this year went to crap but please hear me out. I haven’t had any time off work in over a year, I’m tired, and I need a break. I had booked a trip to Cuba for September then it got cancelled because no flights were going out. I re-booked for October but now I’m hearing that the airlines probably are pushing to November.
I haven’t had a single day off this entire Summer, and like I mentioned over a year without vacay time. I don’t know what to do but I have zero motivation at work, everyone else has had time off and holidays this summer except me. I’m having my damn leep surgery next week so I can’t even take time off to try and figure out something local now in lieu of my trip. By the time I’m healed the Summer is over and the weather is crappy anyway here.
I just feel like crying.
Post # 2
Do people typically get vacations every year?? Is that a thing and I’m just not in that income bracket or something??
Sorry your trip got cancelled. Why can’t you just take a few days off even if you stay home? I assume you had already requested off for the Cuba trip, just take those days anyway and get away from work.
Post # 3
Most people I know take 2 trips a year, but I’m also just speaking generally of having vacation time = time off.
I don’t want to “waste” vacation time and sit in my place and do nothing. I already WFH because of Covid.
If I had known this even a month ago I could have figured out something locally. I’m just exhausted, sad, and really needing a break. I couldn’t even take a few days and just chill at a pool here because of my surgery.
Next year I may not even get time off from work because the schedule is going to be hell. That’ll then be 2 years without time off. I was really hoping it would work and the travel agents said the resorts were open and flights were happening.
Post # 4
Commisserating…..my birthday trip to Hawaii got cancelled. Now I’m just trying to figure out a fun staycation. My brain is blank for the moment.
slomotion I think it comes down to salaried jobs that provide a “benefits package” that usually includes leave. Some employers, like say healthcare give you a set number of hours of sick/vacation leave….all in one bucket (1-3 weeks usually) and other employers give you vacation leave and a seperate sick leave. That’s a gig I used to have and it was heaven.
Post # 5
You’re in the limbo stage with your trip at the moment. That’s the worse bit, just not knowing anything. It sucks when your trip gets cancelled but at least you then know. By the way, our trip was our first for longer than 3 days and abroad in 4 years, just to put into context that not everyone goes away every year.
You don’t have to have go away. If you need time off, take time off and don’t go anywhere. I need a break from work, similar to you, so I’m taking two days next week to coincide with a long weekend. We have no plans but we’re going to turn work phones off, probably go for some local walks but everywhere will be busy so we’re just going to rest at home.
Post # 6
We don’t know where you live, but every state and province in the US and Canada have locations that are destinations for people from elsewhere. Plan a vacation in the state or province where you live. Staycations all all the rage this year.
If you are not taking the Cuba trip, you have vacation time that will be unused. Get on the computer and check out your options. I know you said you are tired, but it really doesn’t take that much effort, no more than posting here.
Post # 7
Hugs bee, my vacations have also been cancelled. I can only carry over one week, so I’m still trying to take a few days here and there even though im also WFH. Many of my friends and family are also exploring more locally. Is there an option to rent a cabin or airbnb near a lake somewhere? Just go relax or hike?
Post # 8
I can’t go on my honeymoon. A lot of us can’t go anywhere.
Post # 9
I hear you on the no time off situation. I feel like my job was hanging on by a thread during the SIP, so I didn’t feel like I could take any time off.
However, it’s a weird time in this world and I think time off and rest is important. It’s a huge bummer that your big trip keeps getting pushed, but maybe plan a road trip and rent a cabin in the woods somewhere just for a change of scenery.
We actually own a cabin in the woods (plus a place in a big city) and we have decided to rent a cottage on a lake for Labor Day just to be in a new place. And we are only 40 minutes away.
I would recommend still taking time off. You don’t want to get burnt out.
Post # 10
Yes a staycation is possible but it’s so expensive here, and because of my surgery that now puts me to the end of September until I could do anything. By then it’s too cold to swim. All the cottages/chalets are booked (and incredibly expensive). Also I wouldn’t have money anyway since the cost of my trip will be converted to vouchers.
Maybe I’ll just take a couple of long weekends but I don’t know what I could do. I realize this thread is more of me ranting but I’m just so disappointed. Also feeling very depressed about this surgery next week.
Post # 11
It’s okay to vent. I think most people are feeling the same way. I couldn’t take time off this year because I have to use my PTO to take my comprehensive exams for my PhD program. This is on top of working full time. I WFH also and most days I’m exhausted. The work hasn’t slowed down even though I’m remote and with everything that’s going on in the world there is alot of stress and tension right now. It really sucks…
I wish I could take a staycation even if it means just staying in the house,sleeping in and watching my favorite shows. I try to remember that everyone is going through something right now and as much as it sucks, there are people who are worried about their jobs, have lost loved ones etc.
Post # 12
But your trip was in October. It’s August. That’s almost 2 months to plan something locally? (I am assuming you had already requested those dates off and can just substitute onto that slot)
Post # 13
Income level probably wasn’t the right way to phrase that. I work in healthcare and have benefits and salary and all that jazz it’s just the only people I know who take yearly or twice yearly vacations are my executives at work so it’s not something I guess I see in my social circle? But also maybe we’re all just over working and killing ourselves lol.
Post # 14
I thought you said you were in healthcare before! Yep girl you working yourself to death!
When this is over I hope to see you on a beach somewhere in the Dominican…8 days/7nights All Inclusive! Find yourself a damn good babysitter…..you need the break!
Post # 15
In the future, do not plan trips to the Caribbean for September; that is peak hurricane season.