It would be so nice to have a job that grants me so much free time to travel at will, but as of right now, I am stuck saying ‘that would be so nice.’ If you’re like me, you work a full-time job with limited and restricted opportunities for taking vacation time. Well, what are you to do when you’ve saved your money and have excitedly made future plans to travel to Switzerland, but uncertain about your job approving the time off? Here are my tips:
- Obviously, you must first check if you will have the time available so that you can take off, get paid during the process and won’t receive penalties from your employer.
- After you’ve decided what country you’d like to explore, write a list and separate it by two columns: one that involves when the experts advise tourists to visit/not visit and the other that involves when it would be best for you to visit based on your employer’s suggestion. For the latter, have up to 3 options for days or week(s).
- When you present your requests to your manager/supervisor, start with the first choice of days/week(s). If denied, go to your 2nd or 3rd.
- Try to get the requests in early. Each company is different- some require a year’s advance for time off requests, some a month, based on seniority or priority, etc. Know your company’s design.
- If you want the most out of your voyage, do what I do: split your week(s). Instead of taking full week(s) (and possibly spend your entire approved time off) , take 3-4 days off one month and the remainder off another month. This can result in you visiting more countries that year. This tip is especially for those who are rejected from receiving entire week(s) off as desired.
- Some companies require you to bid against other employees for time off, even if you have enough days available. When bidding against those with more seniority/priority than you, examine your co-worker’s lifestyle. Are they single? Married with children? Single parents with children? Engaged? This can assist you in determining your vacation days to request and improve your chances of getting what you want. Most families vacation during spring break, holidays and the summer. Once you’ve figured out what months/weeks/days your co-workers will request, you can go from there.
- Once approved, maintain a paper trail and print any info that will benefit you just in case there’s an issue with your absence later. NEVER accept a verbal approval.
- When all else fails (I hope not!), go individually to those you know have the days/week(s) you need. You’ll never know- they might’ve picked those times with no actual plans in mind anyway.
Do you have information you’d like to share about planning and taking time off from work for vacationing? If so, please comment below! My readers and I would love to hear about them