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Just because you have a good amount of vacation days through your work, doesn’t mean it’s easy to actually organize a vacation. Even if you get paid vacation days, we all know that going on a trip can be expensive, so many of us just let that precious paid time off float away, not utilizing that time to recharge, or get something accomplished outside of work.


You may also just find that, after taking a Friday and Monday off for your best friend’s wedding, then that odd middle of the weekday to visit your mom after surgery, and a few other short trips, that you just have an awkward number of vacation days you can’t do much with. Maybe you just have two or three left, but nowhere worth traveling to within driving distance, and you’re not going to burn one of your few remaining vacation days flying somewhere, just to have to turn around again 36 hours later. But remember that you don’t have to use your vacation days to go somewhere. That’s your time off to do what you wish with.


There are probably a lot of things you’ve been wanting to do, needing to do, or meaning to get around to, but your busy work schedule—and life schedule—doesn’t allow it. A simple weekend isn’t enough time, because you have other tasks and activities planned then. So perhaps this could be a good time to use some of those vacation days on the things that are so hard to find the time to do. Vacation days, really, should just let you rebalance your life, get back in touch with yourself, recharge, unwind, and do something you wouldn’t normally do from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. On that note, here are ways to spend your vacation days, not on vacation.


Your passion project

You know you have one. Have you been meaning to write some pages for your novel? Screenplay? Poetry book? Do you want to create a website where you post the recipes you create? Have you been meaning to make a monthly newsletter to go out to all of the contacts you’ve collected who are interested into your wellness tips? Take the day off to do this.

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