For years (like 15ish) we vacationed for 7-11 days at the same place in the Catskills Mountains, but then the kids grew up and the girlfriend couldn’t cope with being away from her dog for more than a few days. The final nails in the coffin happened when the family who owned the place sold it (or rather, the management of it) to other people who really didn’t understand what running a family oriented resort in the Catskills is all about.
I get 29 vacation days a year in addition to 13-16 holidays, so I do have the option of actually doing something real… and starting next year, I may even have the money to do something real, so maybe I’ll get to start dealing with the vacation portions of my bucket list.
@baqui63@Gypsigirl213 I’m guessing…Gov’t job? They frequently pay less than private sector but make it up in time off… I learned a long time ago that if I make less money I have less crap to maintain and more time time to enjoy not maintaining it… That’s why I work in a job that is 7(days)on 7 off. If I want (or need) more $$ I can pick up extra time on my off week… if not I can spend more time at home or doing short 7 day trips. If I want to go for longer, I can trade off some of my days on either end of my work schedule and not get into overtime (OT makes the hospital unhappy) Or is I want to go really crazy I can take off one of my work weeks (albeit at my expense) and be gone up to 3 weeks.
Yes, @Gypsigirl213, @chienfou is correct. I work for a public college in NY City, though I’m technically a NY State employee.
@chienfou also right about the pay: if I schleped into the city (ie. Manhattan) I could probably make 2-3x what I do, but I’d have less fun and certainly work longer hours (I consider time spent commuting to be unpaid work), plus I’d spend a lot more money on said commuting, lunches, etc.
Getting paid to (mostly) have fun (my main hobby is system administration) is pretty nice. Getting paid enough to live in a nice neighborhood ~30 minutes (12ish miles) from Manhattan and ~15 minutes (4ish miles) from work while (mostly) having fun is even more so.
@smyle This. Tightly scheduled vacations are the worst. “Today we have to go zip lining. Tomorrow, the boat tour and our dinner reservation. Following day a theme park…” I need the flexibility to just take a day to actually relax if I want.
I’ll never understand those who pay a ridiculous amount of money to go somewhere and than just sit around and do absolutely nothing. If I wanted to be a lazy bum I’ll just stay in my own bed for free. When I go on vacation I want to experience the culture, eat the unique food, and see the sites. I ‘might’ have one down day where I relax for a few hours, preferably with a pool or hot tub involved.
@cinoclav I am always by those who go to an all-inclusive resort in an exotic locale then stay inside the gates the whole time. They could be anywhere and it would still be about the same…
I’m with you. I want to be out among the people, eat local foods, drink local drinks and experience local activities. Thankfully my wife shares that passion.
I have a good time anywhere I go, so any day off work that I’m not working at the house is a good day. We do lots of local trips (<7 days) and an occasional longer trip (almost 3 weeks visiting family in France this year).
Haven’t been to Asia, Australia/NZ or Africa yet, but they are on my radar for some time in the future.
People look at me like I’m some kind of alien when I say that I cannot enjoy “tropical destinations,” and the very thought of a cruise makes me want to barf. Give me a mountain to climb, woods to hike, hills to bike.