So uh… Qatar Airways had a promotion last week for healthcare workers where they were giving away 100,000 round trip tickets to anywhere they fly for the worker and a guest. It was nearly impossible to submit your information since their site was so overwhelmed. It was the IRK of free tickets. They ended up giving out tickets to people in 215 countries. Yeah, I was one of those lucky ones. So now I have to figure out where I want to go out of their many exotic locations.
@mike808 Cool. I’ve been looking on QA’s site dwelling on some destinations. I’d love to go to Australia but I’m not sure I want to do the distance unless I take at least two weeks to go. Also considering Thailand or the Scandinavian countries. Poland is up there too. I think it’s important to get to Auschwitz at some point.
@cinoclav Re Auschwitz: I was in Austria and visited Dachaü. It was an empty, hollow place. Literally and emotionally lifeless. Give yourself some time afterwards to emotionally switch back to exciting vacation travel mode.
@cinoclav Congrats on getting tickets!! If you do Thailand hop over to Siem Reap and see Angkor Wat. (Cambodia however it is on the Thailand side of the country). The easy way to get there is from Bangkok unless you want to go to Phnom Penh and see things like the palace compound including the Silver Pegota, the Killing Fields and associated museum in which case flying from there makes sense) While in Siem Reap take a boat to see the floating village in Siem Reap too.
If you go to Thailand choose your time carefully though as the rainy season there (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam…) means TONS of daily rain. And depending on where you are that means tons of mud and deep puddles. And it is HOT then too.
@mike808 That’s sort of how I felt after visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. At the end of it, looking into his room and out at the balcony where MLK was killed, a wave of utter despondency overtook me.
@f00l Aww, thanks. I wish everyone got it too. Especially because there are many, many people out there who are more hands on than I am with Covid patients. I deal with them, but I’m not diagnosing and taking care of the same patients day in and day out. Though I’m not going to look the gift horse in the mouth…
I rarely use my vacation, as I work for a university so we get plenty of holidays as it is, and my wife gets very little PTO. I usually burn my vacation taking every other Friday off over summer, plus a few here and there, but since the university is “open but working remotely” for the foreseeable future, and I’m running low on tasks, I might just burn a week or two and read some good books, garden, stain the deck…
I’m self employed. My “time off” is usually when clients flake and aren’t ready when they planned. Whenever I plan myself a week off, someone always manages to find an emergency project that just needs done there. So it’s more a day off here, a day off there than any real trips even normally. Last time I went on vacation, I took a work project along to work on, but still went out for fun things from 4pm on, so it works out.
@JnKL I’ve been told to never ever get a log home because of the maintenance on them.
I did hear of a neat way to stripping the stain is to use crushed corn cob as the “sand” for the sandblaster unit. Cover the windows and other areas not meant to be corn blasted with that brown painters paper and tape. As for staining…you’re stuck with a deck stain brush or pad.
I mean, I’m not actually using my vacation time, but with the money we saved from not going on vacation and the kiddo’s summer camp, we bought the biggest pool they had at Walmart and some other nice things for the outside, like a hammock and pretty decor. So, my staycation is my private resort in the back yard.
My company’s fiscal year starts June 1. I would save my vacation if I could (or sell it back as some other companies allow), but I am in the middle of using the last two weeks of my vacation now or otherwise I would lose it.
Not complaining because I know a lot of people out there have lost their jobs completely. While not an ideal vacation, I still have a job and I get to sleep in for a few days.