Taking 10 Weeks Off From Work?

vacation_snipAn RV road trip that encompasses over 10,000 miles round trip isn’t something that you do in just a few weeks. Even if you drive 50 mile per hour, 10 hours a day, it will take you over 20 days just in driving – 3 whole weeks of nothing but driving! And who wants to drive 10-hour days day after day? Not me!

Fortunately, the company where I work has a generous vacation roll-over policy (at least for now). I can accumulate 2.5 times my yearly vacation allotment before I start losing time. I have been with my employer going on 22 years now, so I accrue at 4 weeks per year. That allows me to accumulate up to 10 weeks of vacation time. A perfect amount for a whole-summer vacation.

The next step was to come up with a vacation-saving schedule to use as a benchmark at any given time to make sure that I would have all the vacation time I need for the trip. I use an Excel spreadsheet for this. By putting in the end date, the number of hours per year, and the percentage I wanted to save each year, I was able to have a list (by pay date) of how many hours accrued I should have on my pay stub.

I decided that I didn’t want to have to save at a rate any more than 35%. I.E. saving 56 hours per year, allowing me to still have 104 hours a year for a week off here and there. By planning far enough in advance, I was able to have a non-aggressive rate of savings. If I only had 3 years of advance planning, I would have had to save nearly 100% of my vacation time.

When I last checked a few weeks back, I was only behind on my savings schedule by 1 hour, so we are looking good for a whole summer off from work!


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