Thursday, June 2, 2011


 I imagine when most people are accepting a job offer the first thing they want to know is the salary and if it's negotiable. For me that's a given, but equally important to salary is vacation benefits. By now you should know that travel is my passion and working is a means to traveling, right?! (besides the fact that I genuinely LOVE my job) So I get a pit in my stomach every time an HR person says "well 2 weeks are our standard, but we'll see what we can do". "See what we can do"?!?!?! Ummmm helllloooo what do you not understand about my NEED to escape more than 10 days a year (plus those days you get that sudden cough). *sigh*

I recently ran across this great CNN article "Why is America the no-vacation nation" ? It's definitely a question I've asked myself and I would even go so far to say it's one of the reasons I started TheGlamtrak. I thought people didn't travel because they thought it was too expensive, too confusing, or were just generally not inspired. WRONG (well kinda wrong)!!!! Per the article, Americans don't travel because we don't get the time to travel. In some countries SIX weeks of vacation is standard (out the gate) vs. the U.S where there is no obligation under federal law to offer ANY paid vacation. On top of that, there is research that shows even when Americans have vacation benefits they're scared to take it thinking they look less dedicated . I'm sure we all know that co-worker that takes vacation and sends emails all day as if they're in the office. Chiiiiillllleeeeee please! As the wheels go up on my flight, I'm sooo mentally checked out of work until the second before I swipe my office badge.

I can't help but feel a tad bit jealous every August when my friends in Italy are on their "my country shuts down for a month" holiday. I know that vacation reform is no where near the top of the important list from a government perspective, but I urge you all to take what little time off you do get and hop on a plane, hit the road or just have a fabulous staycation.

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