Travel: what vacation really means, and how you can maximize it

09/30/2017 Author: Ginny Foster

There is one finite commodity that we all possess, and it is not money.  It is not our level of education.  It is not our net worth.  It is the one thing in this world that, once spent, can never be redeemed or replenished.  This finite commodity is time.  Your time is the one thing in this world that you must work hard to protect, because once you use it up, you can not get it back.  Which brings us to the topic of vacations.  You have a finite number of days each year during which you can choose how to spend them.  How do you determine the best way to spend your days off?  

What if you feel pressure NOT to use all of your paid vacation days?

First of all, it is important to actually use your vacation days.  Many Americans fall into the habit of not taking all of their vacation days.  This could be due to a hectic work schedule, a demanding work environment, or the desire to advance through dedicated diligence.  However, do not underestimate the ability to return to work refreshed and invigorated after taking time off!  It is important to take time away from your job.  Without taking time off, you could suffer burnout and ultimately lower your level of performance.  The act of stepping away for a period of time, and then returning to the problems you face on a daily basis will yield a fresh perspective so that you can solve those problems.  Sustaining a high level of output over time requires time off.  

Consider using your vacation to advance your own life goals.

Spending vs. Investing your paid time off

Which brings us back to the main question at hand.  How do you decide what you are going to spend your vacation days doing?  If you are new to the workforce, a vacation day may appear to be what it sounds like – an opportunity to take a vacation!  To travel!  However, consider the fact that you only have a limited number of days off.  You have the option to spend your days off, and you also have the option to invest your days off.  What you choose to do with your time off can help you advance your own life goals.  By taking a moment to think about your vacation time as investment time, you may be able to set aside days and even weeks to an activity which can enrich your life and advance you to the next level.

What if you want to maximize your paid vacation days

At this point, it may seem highly unlikely that you can squeeze any kind of investment time out of, say, a minimum of 2 weeks of paid vacation.  However, consider that you also have an entire calendar at your disposal.  Consider the weekends and holidays that are scheduled throughout the year.  You can combine holidays, weekends, and paid vacation to make some critical blocks of time to allow you to achieve and get to the next level.

Planning a vacation to Grand Canyon National Park and avoiding stress by saving with Payleaf.

We found an amazing list of all possible time off combinations at WanderTheMap.com.  This amazing website shows you all the possible combinations of vacation days plus weekend plus holiday to fully utilize your days off.  Imagine using two paid vacation days to yield five days off.  String together four more paid vacation days, and you are looking at eleven days of time off.  What can you accomplish in eleven days?  You could travel to a foreign country.  You could write a book.  You could take an online course.  You could visit your lifelong friends on an epic road trip.  You could develop an app, or attend back-to-back networking opportunities, or dedicate time to a family member who needs your attention.  The possibilities are endless.  By using the maximizing methods explained by WanderThe Map.com, you should never feel limited or confined in your time off.  

What if you want to travel for vacation, and NOT go into debt

If you are looking for a way to save for a vacation, and earn funds on top of your savings when you reach your goal, Payleaf is the answer for you.  By opening a Payleaf account, you have the opportunity to create a vacation goal.  You set your vacation goal amount and the time you think it will take for you to reach that goal.  If your vacation funds reach your goal within one year of the time you specified, Payleaf will reward you with an interest payment greater than what you would receive at a brick and mortar bank.  If you fail to reach your goal, or withdraw the money before your selected time frame, you will receive a standard brick and mortar bank interest rate.  Of course, you have access to your Payleaf funds at all times.  

Get Started

You can also enlist the help of friends and family.  Payleaf allows you to share your goal progress with your social circle.  This is great if you have an upcoming birthday or graduation, and you are looking forward to taking a trip within a year.

Not sure where you would go, or what budget you would need?  Each year, Lonely Planet releases a list of the best and most budget friendly locations to visit on the face of the earth.  This means that each year, you can set your sights on a budget friendly location with a good idea of how much money you would need each day to travel.  Lonely Planet gives an estimate of the daily amount you would spend for each destination.  Plug this daily estimate into the Payleaf vacation calculator, and set your target date.  You can commit to your dream by starting to save today.  

In summary, the time you have for your vacation days is a precious commodity.  Your time can either be spent, or it can be invested.  The trick is learning how to maximize your time wisely to learn, explore and enhance your knowledge so that you are prepared to advance to the next level.  

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