Post # 1
Backstory: I have to use quite a bit of vacation this year. Having it paid out isn’t an option and I can’t carry a certain portion of it over (it is carried over from last year.)
We basically have no extra money, Darling Husband is unemployed and starting a contract (underemployed) in early April and will have no vacation to take time off with me.
We have one vehicle which Darling Husband will need to travel to and from work.
A) Start taking days here and there to use it up.
B) Take it in a lump in the summer.
And, what would you do with the time on a limited budget? My parents live n the country, on the river, relatively nearby, so in the summer, I guess I could go chill there? Any other suggestions?
I have never taken vacation that wasn’t for a specific purpose or trip, so I am trying to get over the fact that taking time just to take it is “wasteful”. It takes a lot of time and effort for me to prep for an absence and then catch-up when I get back, so it seems like a lot of effort to just sit at home alone 🙁
Post # 3
I would take some long 3day weekends and then a chunk to visit my parents for a week.
Post # 4
Hmm. If you feel that taking time just to take it is wasteful, then why not fill the time with a project that you’ve been wanting to do at home? For example, if you took a couple of days in the spring, you could do a massive spring cleaning at home (you know, go through closets to get rid of/donate old stuff, clean the garage, clean your carpets, whatever). Or you could do a planting project outside and spruce up your yard.
Or you could make it time to research something that you’ve been wanting to know more about, or read some books (library books to save money!).
You could also use the spare time to volunteer.
To me, doing any of those things would help you feel like the time wasn’t “wasted,” but could still be rewarding & relaxing to you.
Post # 5
When something similar happened to my SO (though without the budget limitations, but just saw no need to spend the money), he set it up so that he took 3 day weekends for a while. Sometimes we went on a little overnight somewhere for two nights, and most of the time, we just enjoyed each other’s company with the lack of scheduled time. He loved it. It used up the time and made HR happy, but he didn’t go nuts spending on a trip.
Post # 5
I too would take one chunk of time off in the summer, then schedule the rest as 3 day weekends.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies. Maybe I will look into volunteering at something for a week this summer.
I also just realized that Darling Husband will be working weekends sometimes, so he will have week days off some weeks. I could use some of my vacation on those days and we could at least take the canoe out or go for a hike or something.
It’s the lack of vehicle that is really killing my buzz. I would be happy to spend the days at the beach reading, but I have no way there 🙁
Post # 7
@SarahSmilesDec28: Can you coordinate with a friend for those days when you want to get out but your hubby has the car? Offer to chip in for gas or buy them lunch or something.
Post # 8
@SarahSmilesDec28: Could you borrow one for the week? Do you have any friends who have vacation time coming up as well? Maybe you could all take the same week, and carpool around together.