How do you plan your PTO and vacations (for those who don't have unlimited)?

Axtria AtinIay🙄
Oct 17 16 Comments

I take 3 weeks to visit my home country every year. I am very close to my family and we look forward to seeing each other.

Other than that, I am really left with only a few days, if at all. Traveling during long weekends or Christmas is super expensive. How do you guys plan your PTOs and travel, while keeping it within the budget?

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  • Increase your TC so you dont worry about the budget.
    Oct 17 1
  • Brightcove moosepuck
    Where do you live now? I do a lot of road trips which makes budgeting easier. There might be a bunch of cool places to visit within driving distance from you!
    Oct 17 3
    • Axtria AtinIay🙄
      OP
      New York. Are you close?
      Oct 17
    • Brightcove moosepuck
      Nope but I’m sure there’s lots within driving distance of NY.

      Edit:
      Usually plane tickets are the most expensive part about travel. For accommodations check Airbnb.
      Oct 17
    • Axtria AtinIay🙄
      OP
      Airbnb was cheap at some point. I don't think now with all the different kinds of fees they add, it ain't cheaper than a hotel anymore. Maybe a hostel would be cheaper.
      Oct 17
  • Broadridge / Eng wolfmonkey
    I plan most of my days off and vacation around company holidays. For traveling on a budget, lookup "travel hacking".
    Oct 17 1
  • Google hurhurhur
    I'm super disorganized, so I book trips a few days in advance, sigh, and eat the increased cost.
    Oct 17 3
    • Axtria AtinIay🙄
      OP
      Can't afford that :)
      Oct 17
    • Google hurhurhur
      South America is a cool place to explore, and it's often significantly cheaper to fly from Tijuana airport than from US. So you can fly to San Diego, walk across the bridge to TIJ, and fly wherever you want and will probably save some money
      Oct 17
    • Axtria AtinIay🙄
      OP
      Interesting insight. The money I spend flying from New York to San Diego will probably offset what I save by flying from Tijuana. Thanks for that tip though, I am sure it will come in handy some day :)
      Oct 17
  • Dropbox / Eng bigbeans
    I offer to work from home for the third week
    Oct 17 2
    • Axtria AtinIay🙄
      OP
      Interesting. Do most managers agree?
      Oct 17
    • Microsoft Svho11
      Same. I have 3 weeks vacation, and when I visit my family, I work one week from there. My manager allows because It’s a super far country, etc
      Oct 17
  • Santander Bank TeddyPickr
    Where is the mater patria?

    Do you get paid Veterans Day?
    Oct 21 0

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