How to Squeeze in Travel Goals When Working 40+ a Week

In this fast-paced world when work takes over our lives, the urge to escape from office routine is too strong that the need to take a breather is immediate. Work-life balance is so difficult to achieve when work demands a lot from us. However, there is always a loophole in every circumstance. Social media platforms flaunt successful travel enthusiasts who work full-time in the corporate world while playing hardcore on their travel goals . With all that you’ve have read and figured out, it sums up to few tips on how to squeeze in a great holiday without compromising your job.

Plan Ahead 

The Labor Code mandates vacation and sick leave credits. Since it provides off from work opportunity, use it to unwind and take full advantage of it. Be smart as to how you dispose your credits by making sure the trip is well planned. In order to maximize your holiday, you need to plan ahead. Successful and hassle-free trips are usually because of smart planning. Make sure to create an itinerary.

Long Weekends and Holidays

Numerous official holidays and festivities mark the calendar.  Before setting a date for your trip, consider the non-working holidays and long weekends. Try to look for schedule swaps as well if it’s applicable to extend your leave from office.

For those who work in an industry that doesn’t observe legal holidays as off from work, look for options on how to use these holidays at your advantage. For example, few call centers allow their employees to request for vacation leaves on legal or special holidays, the leave credit will then be credited back to their unused leaves once approved.

Job Enhancements

Who says attending seminars and conferences are boring? Consider it a privilege to enhance your skills as well as a travel opportunity. With free accommodation, food, airfare and other expenses paid while getting a job upgrade, it’s a win.

Leave Credits Are For You To Use

There is a reason to why the labor law granted vacation leaves, it’s a privilege to be taken. After all, everyone needs to put one’s feet up.  Although your colleagues might have reasons as to why they won’t use their exemptions, make sure that you do so effectively. Of course, disposing leave credits depend on your priorities.

Maximize Rest Days 

Some organizations have day-offs intended for their employees, this is added aside from their vacation leave as incentives. Most of the time, these incentives are common for employees that belong in the industry of medicine and service-oriented industries. The key into effectively using your day-off is to discover something new. It might be cooking a new dish, learning a new hobby or discovering a new place regardless of how near it is to your vicinity. While some may use their day-off to lie around and binge watches their favorite show, you don’t necessarily have to stick with this routine. Kick up your feet and walk around, take that ride and see new places in the nearby city or even enjoy a cup of coffee there. As long as you are moving and discovering new things, you’re definitely utilizing it to its effectiveness.

Exchange Accumulated Overtime for Leave Credits

There are employers who see the value of effort and loyalty their employees put into the organization. If you have one, consider yourself lucky. Furthermore, you can even try to arrange a special agreement regarding the hours you spent for overtime. You can try to negotiate with your employer if you can trade an equal number of overtime hours for an equal number of vacation hours added to your vacation leave credits. Just make sure, however, that you see yourself fit and deserving for this kind of negotiation. In order for this to be successful, you have to work smart and hard.

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