I have little trouble saving cash to cover my vacations. I was planning on saving several hundred a month to cover our big honeymoon trip this fall. The trouble I have is saving my accrued vacation days at work.
I get two weeks paid vacation a year. Depending on your perspective, this is either stingy (if you are from France or anywhere that has more generous vacation) or wonderful (if you don’t get any). I have a hard time with it — it is a full week less than my last job, and I can easily use up to half of it on several little trips through the year. Which leaves almost nothing for a bigger trip.
With the wedding, I’ve pretty much drained my balance, which makes me nervous about my plans for a long trip to Europe this fall. I’ll have roughly 32 hours accumulated by the time the ideal timeframe comes up. That is only 4 days!
There are a few things I can do:
- Plan it over labor day holiday
- Utilize weekends
- Carefully utilize flex time
- Take some time unpaid
- Shorten the trip
Our other option is waiting LONGER. This will mean that we will probably chose a new destination (my plans definitely require summer or early fall). If we wait until February (or even December-ish), we can go to Patagonia instead!
I hate that the most significant factor in planning a vacation is not money, but time!