Are You Ever Able To Take An Extra Day Off After Travel?

Are You Ever Able To Take An Extra Day Off After Travel?

Tess Wilson
Jul 29, 2013

Someday, someday, I would love to be able to take an extra day off after I return from a trip. Sadly, vacation days are usually hard-won and vacation pay is often non-existent, so any days I'm off work have been devoted to spending time with faraway friends and family. This means I usually arrive home late at night, head to work early the next morning, and am greeted in the evening by minimal groceries, even fewer clean clothes, and a total lack of relaxation... 

Wouldn't it be great if it didn't have to be that way? I always consider myself lucky to get any time off at all, and travelling is a huge luxury, but the whole experience would be so much more pleasant if returning to real life wasn't so hard and fast. I would love to have time to unpack my suitcase, do laundry, help my home recover from both my absence and whatever mess I left as I flew out the door, stroll to the grocery store, pack my lunch for the next day's work, go for a swim, and maybe even get some sleep. In this fantasy, I would return to work fully recovered from the rigors of travel and the memories of my trip would be unsullied by post-travel exhaustion and even illness. 

Have you ever made this work? Do you ever trade a day spent in your destination for an extra day off after you return home? Is it worth it?

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