Monday, February 01, 2016

So many ideas, so little follow-through, but let's talk holidays!

First - are there any wordpress geniuses (sp?) out there who understand back-ends and so on? I bought a new domain and I need to redirect things, add things, and so on.....  If you know of someone awesome who is patient with a non-techie, please tell me. I need to get this done by the end of the month.

The last time I did this was 6 years ago, and let's just say the exchange rate is not favourable to use my usual US tech people, especially since my ex-business is now a little hobby.

Okay, moving on.

Let's talk about holidays.

I was thinking about what worked well, what didn't... about holidays in 2015 and I thought I should get that down on paper before I forget.

Working through December

This was fabulous for a few reasons:
  1. aircon at the office during a heatwave. I'm never that motivated to get moving in the morning but to escape the heat? yes please.
  2. traffic. I don't have to say any more than that. I successfully dodged proper traffic for a full month - the extra two weeks worked while the rest of South Africa was on holiday, and the two weeks of holiday. 
  3. I worked for a few hours daily and caught up with other stuff afterwards. Made me feel both responsible and like I was on holiday.
  4. I was holidaying when others were back. Bliss!

The only con was:

I returned to the usual madness at work. I even worked at home for about 7 hours over two evenings within my first 5 days back. It didn't bother me at all though because I was completely up to date when I left for my leave.

This year it won't be quite the same because we're now doing that thing where the company closes between Christmas and New Year but you have to use your own leave for this "privilege". #breathedeep #choosejoy

Timing of holidays

In 2015, we took leave during the last week of March, for a week and a half in July, and then January. I know it technically was this year but half of it was paid for last year.

This is not enough *in my opinion* for Jhb people in stressful jobs :)

I really think I need at least 4 breaks a year. We did this in 2014 and it was beyond fabulous.

So that's what I'm aiming for this year. I've finally reached that point at work (I hope) when you have sufficient leave days for most of what you want to do.

I plan to again take all the days before a public holiday to make long weekends, those 3 days in March that give you 10 days off in total, and so on.

Dreaming of...

The kids asked so nicely if we can please go back to the Drakensberg this year. We all loved our April break there in 2014 but that's not the issue; it's whether I can find reasonable, really nice accommodation.

We also want to see if we can do a fly to PE, leave kids with their cousins, and drive to Plett/ Knysna thing.

And of course, Ballito. Always Ballito :)

Cape Town was amazing but is so, so expensive that I'm not sure we'll be back for a good few years. I haven't told you that somebody dented our rental car while were parked outside a restaurant on day 1, so yes, that was a huge, unbudgeted expense. Still, in the grand scheme of things, the important thing for me to remember is that at least we had the money for it.

Spending time with my family is an important part of what will bring me joy in 2016.

How about you? Have you planned/ given thought to when you're taking leave?

(I've planned it all - a colleague started talking about it and I was suitably distracted so I gave in and marked off all public holidays)

PS these photos from a Pringle Bay sunset, in other words, after 8 pm at night!


  1. I was the first to book those 3 days in March. Honestly we need a good holiday - as our last one was non existent.

    1. LOL - I love it! Where are you going?

  2. I would love to take a break every school holiday but it's not really practical. Lance can't get off during the year really. Besides. I live in CT, like 10 minutes from the closest beach. I AM on holiday! There are PLENTY of nice, free things to do. That said, I am planning a few days at the Montague hot springs in July around my birthday period.

    1. I know, you Cape Town people are permanently on holiday :)

      I wouldn't go away every school holiday - that's just crazy (too many KIDS and the money!) :)

  3. Holidays are not a thing I have :( I need to figure out a better way to earn more with my time. Oh well, next year I apply for full time studying bursaries :p I think the plan of 4 working with the public holidays is great.

  4. Our leave is very much tied with our time share in April and September....but sigh...we bought a caravan so there will be many, many little get aways this year...and we will be taking the grand babies on them with!

  5. Cameron has a gala in PE so thats sort of decided a bit of leave for me. But we stick to December :)

  6. Right now, I am looking forward to the Easter break.. I took those 3 days off after 21 March so it equals a full week, can't wait! We're going down the coast to my sis again.


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