Do you like having just two weeks of vacation in a year?

I don’t?!!!

I used to think that I was a lucky bastard to have two weeks of vacation in my previous company because other companies are just offering 12 days of vacation in a year, some maybe less.

There are various reasons why we work. In the Philippines, it’s very typical to support our immediate family not just ourselves. We support our parents financially even after we marry and build our own respective families. This is one of the reasons why people in my generation are tied in their respective jobs. They couldn’t leave because they are supporting too many people in their household.

But as time goes by and as I become more expose to the wonderful world of internet. I came to a realization that there’s a way out to this vicious cycle of working ‘till we die and just be contented with the two weeks of vacation per year kind of life.

Check out this three people for yourself and observe how they’re living their lives.

1. Anil Polat
2. Everett Bogue
3. Adam Baker

I learned three fundamental things that serve as the current guiding principles in my life.

1. Ther’s no sense in accummulating too much material junk that you don’t need anyway.

2. Living the life that you want is possible if you want to.

3. Follow your passion and the money will follow.

How about you? Are you still contented with having just two weeks of vacation in a year?


Do you like having just two weeks of vacation in a year

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”-Seth Godin


  1. I also didn’t like getting just 10 days of paid vacation a year. That’s Chichi and I had to quit. How else could we go traveling for 6 months straight? Just like you, we left the rat race and pursued our passion. We just hope we can keep on going even after 6 months…

  2. JODYxBUFFY says:

    While I am unwilling to give up my job and the attendant 4 weeks/year vacation, I do take solace in the fact that I am accumulating sufficient financial reserves to spend my retirement backpacking hopefully through every country on Earth.

    There are some benefits of short vacations. Perhaps it can be a subject of a future post…

    • as long as you’re happy i think that’s the most important part of it… hopefully i meet you on the road…

  3. I think that we have it so backwards, work for years upon years and travel for a couple of days. There are a lot of people who have been working since they were 10yrs old and the are counting on traveling when they retire. hopefully it works out for them.

  4. work is not something i need to escape. no work means no income. no income means no travel! hehe

    well lucky me for having a US based job. they understand long vacation leaves. yet I still abuse it. pati SL + EL, ginagamit ko for VL! =)

  5. I hate getting only two weeks of vacation a year too. It just isn’t enough time to see everything that I want to see. That’s why I’m doing things to get around the two weeks a year problem. I’m in grad school to become a teacher. Not only will I love being a teacher, but I’ll also get a month or two at a time to travel or do whatever I want.

    • most important thing is you enjoy what you do and you get more vacations that working in a corporate office… what will you be teaching Steve?

  6. i didn’t mind getting 2 weeks of paid leaves but what i didn’t like is how those 2 weeks were also conditional depending on business needs. so even if i scheduled for my vacation 3 months ahead, management has the power to cancel it in an instant.

    this is why i quit my corporate job and looked for a better job that allows me to work and enjoy a year round vacation at the same time 🙂

  7. I get 7 weeks a year (including national holidays) and I’m still not happy with it…like the quote at the end of your post says ‘maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from’…I sure know that’s how I feel. Let’s hope we all achieve those dream lives!

  8. I have 15 days of vacation leave a year. I also don’t get to work on holidays (good thing last year we had lots!). Was able to work on my days off so I could have it swapped with my travel days; that also includes my holidays. That’s why I was able to travel to 4 countries and 8 local destinations within 8 months while keeping my full time job.

    When I tallied all the days that I was travelling, it amounted to 49 days! — I still have some VL credits from last year and I haven’t used my 15 SLs then. — crazy feat if you ask me, but I’m glad I was able to do it. It helped a lot that my boss was really accommodating so long as I didn’t abuse it. Although looking back, it seems like I did (abuse) it (hehe).

    But so long as I meet the demands of the business and I meet basic expectations, then she wouldn’t mind.

    Only thing right now is that I want more days off. I hope to repeat the same situation this year.

  9. i’m new at this… so you can combine sick leaves and vacation leaves for just vacation? hmmmm gives me an idea. i booked my flight late this year to India and stopping by Bangkok, i was hoping i can make my way to Burma by using my sick leaves. arrrggghhhh

  10. I get 5 weeks of vacation excluding company holidays. That would have been completely insufficient when I was single. I am now married and we now have a son who is autistic. So we cannot take off more than a couple of weeks at a time, otherwise it gets too overwhelming on the poor guy. We are not sure how much we can keep at travelling. At this point, we still manage to take a couple of decent vacations a year and 5 weeks is plenty for that kind of travel…

    • i agree with you manoj… taking care of your child should be part of the main priority… im sure you also take your child to travel with you guys…


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