I have an entire 10 days off in a row over Christmas/New Years. I’m so grateful to be in a contract currently that includes leave provisions.
Christmas feels very far away right now but I’m also sure that it will be here before I know it.
The last time I had a holiday, an actual “let’s go away & be tourists” type of thing was a weekend away in Sydney in 2010. You can read about it here.
Since then, my only trips away have been to Straddie for work in 2010, three ProBlogger events down at the Gold Coast & a night at Mount Tamborine for work. Work trips & conferences can be fun (but aren’t always) but they are not a holiday.
I think the last time I had paid leave in a job was about 6 years ago now (notice how that matches with my last actual holiday?!) – all my contracts for so long were effectively casual. As a sole income earner I wonder how much long term stress NOT having leave for half a decade has added to my life.
It still feels so strange to have leave that I can’t process what to do with it. I booked in to take my birthday next week off – paid leave. That sounds so foreign in my head. Paid day off. Paid leave.
I’m currently saving for a new MacBook Air after slightly ruining my old one with a a giant cup of water, but I think the next thing on my list has to be a weekend away again. I honestly don’t know how to make it so Ben can come: our dog needs exact food, a needle and some tablets every 12 hours so kennels are out of the question, and family/dog sitters aren’t usually able to be exact enough on time or confident enough to do the needles – it’s all stuff that we can do without thinking but it’s a huge ask for anyone else. Having said that, he also doesn’t resent me if I need to go away, but it seeing as it has been six years since he’s had even a single night away from home, I kind of think he deserves to come along!
However, I seriously have no idea where to go! I’m guessing that any time off over Christmas is pointless as accommodation prices will be somewhere up around the moon (haha, more like out to Jupiter) and they have those ridiculous minimum stay restrictions (how about let me pay for what I want? I hate other people telling me what I can or can’t do). A balcony, a view, fresh air and safe place to wander on foot are really my only requirements for somewhere to go away.
A little village somewhere, perhaps? I think I need to decided, because that gives me a specific goal to save up for.
Talk to me about holidays. Do you get them? Do you take them?