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Old 02-24-2005, 11:15 AM   #61
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Americans in general get much less vacation than other nationalities and the philosophy is work work work.
YES. god this pisses me off. i got no vacation last year, one week this year. next year i'll get two weeks. after seven years i'll get three weeks. then after 12 or 15 years i'll get four weeks. after 25 years i'll get five weeks.

i thought this was ludicrous but as i've talked to other people it's a lot more in tune with other companies' policies than i thought. and we're the only company i know of where we have to come in the day after thanksgiving (aside from retail jobs that is).
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:25 AM   #62
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yes, everyone I meet in other countries says this:

"Americans live to work while the rest of the countries work to live"

I want us to be more like them
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Old 02-24-2005, 01:03 PM   #63
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Great point KhanadaRhodes & Rhonda!!

How could I have forgotten about our severely limited vacation time??

And there are mannny people who think they shouldn't take vacation time- I can't believe those who don't use what they have each year. I suck the hell out of mine, using flex time every opportunity, thank God we have that.

Basically I get 3 weeks vacation. My 5th year (next year!) I will get 4 weeks. Then I think it's until your 20th that you get 5 weeks!! (I don't plan on being in this field that long, for many reasons.) We don't get all the little holidays off every year, either, like Presidents Day or Veterans Day.
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Old 02-24-2005, 02:17 PM   #64
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I'm also American and am trying to get a lot of travelling in before I join the workaholic force. So far I've been to:

US states:
Virginia
Massachusetts
Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine
Pennsylvania
North Carolina
New Jersey
South Carolina
Georgia
Floria
Louisiana
Colorado
Minnesota
Michigan
Ohio
Illinois
Oregon
Washington
Alaska

Other Countries:
England (just London)
Italy (Friuli, Venice & Trieste)
France
Monaco
Slovenia
Finland (only Helsinki)
Russia ( St. Petersburg)
Germany ( as a baby- don't remember anything)
Canada
and am currently planning a trip to Ireland and Portugal!!!
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Old 02-24-2005, 02:21 PM   #65
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I get 25 days holiday, with the option to take another week unpaid leave. I also get roughly 8 public holidays. In European terms, 5 weeks is average, in some Nordic countries, they get 42 days!

I think the general consensus in Europe is that everyone wants to travel. You can get to Paris from London by train, flying to Italy is only a couple of hours away, as is Budapest etc. Europe is roughly the same size as the US, if not a little smaller however in the space of an hour, you can go to Portugal or Spain or France or Italy or Sweden or Ireland or Denmark etc. So you have a huge amount of different cultures on your door step. Once you experience this growing up, you want to expand so maybe travel is just part of growing up in Europe. Also, I guess its strange to hear someone NOT having a passport in Europe.
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Old 02-24-2005, 02:33 PM   #66
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And there are mannny people who think they shouldn't take vacation time- I can't believe those who don't use what they have each year. I suck the hell out of mine, using flex time every opportunity, thank God we have that.
yeah, my mom gets like a month every year. she never takes it because, well, there's no one there to do her job if she's not there. and with her job, the stuff just can't not be done if she's not there. she does invitations for dinners and events for a non-profit company, and every week there's dinners somewhere in the country. the invitations just can't not be sent every week. and since this stuff is so time sensitive, it can't wait until she gets back. plus, she doesn't have the money to go anywhere so she'd just be at home. and if she's home, then she'll be cleaning and stuff. that's not worth it, she said.

there's a website, i want my vacation that talks about those of us who are overworked and end up cancelling or just not using our vacation time. i think america is headed for one huge anxiety attack or meltdown due to the fact that so many of us just aren't taking vacations.
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My boss is from Malaysia and is very pro-travel - happy for us to take sabbaticals for a few months every so often which is great if you love travelling!
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Thought I would try to resurrect this thread

Since a year ago, I've left the UK and moved to Canada with work - going to stay for around 3 years and then move back to Europe.

Was in Australia for a month last April and the US in November. Now I need to explore Canada

Anyone else been somewhere interesting lately?
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party boy, you rock for bumping up this thread.

i'm leaving for nyc in less than 2 weeks, guys.

tell me where to go.

i'm sure some of you are just dieing to.
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nice bump


i traveled through Europe for the 2nd time last Autumn, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal & England.


i'm also planning on moving back to England...and once i'm living there, doing plenty more exploring throughout Europe.
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go in my pants, hitman. go in my pants, guys.
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go in my pants, hitman.
if your pants are in nyc, i will, bear.

you don't need to ask me twice.

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I'm currently planning to Head to either Dublin, or London around September this year.

Last Year I made the treck to the US from Australai to,LA, San Diego and Anaheim (for U2 shows)
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party boy, you rock for bumping up this thread.

i'm leaving for nyc in less than 2 weeks, guys.

tell me where to go.

i'm sure some of you are just dieing to.
I would love to tell you where to go in NYC... except... I've only been there twice and both times the trips were rather short, so I just did the standard tourist stuff.

There has to be some NYC folk here who can give you useful advice!

Tho, stayedin Manhatten - great area to stay - and Chinatown.. yum.. chicken feet to die for.
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i traveled through Europe for the 2nd time last Autumn, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal & England.


i'm also planning on moving back to England...and once i'm living there, doing plenty more exploring throughout Europe.
Your from England originally? I just moved to Canada after 7 years in London (Irish originally). Want to move back to Europe in maybe 3 years and live somewhere in South Europe.
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