by Katie Denis
It’s August 1st. Do You Know Where Your Vacation Days Are?
This is a friendly reminder that it is now officially August, the last month of summer.
The back-to-school ads are running and Target’s shelves are fully stocked with number 2 pencils and composition books (for the next week or so until they switch to holiday décor). The humidity will soon start to fade and the days will get shorter.
What does all this mean for you? Your opportunities to use your vacation time for the year are dwindling. Don’t let your days expire. Take stock and plan out the time you have left now so you can give your office plenty of notice and enjoy your time off.
Need a little inspiration? Here are eight ways you can spend those days before the New Year’s Eve ball drops.
- Make your Labor Day weekend four or five days long and enjoy the last few days of summer beachside. Or hit the road for an urban adventure. Cincinnati and Knoxville have killer Labor Day fireworks shows, you can check out Taste of Colorado or head to the Motor City for the Detroit Jazz Festival.
- If you’re not bound by the school calendar, take advantage of lower off-season rates and explore somewhere new.
- Volunteer for the class trip to the pumpkin patch. Be a hero with your kid and get in good with the teacher—it’s a win-win for a day off.
- Leaf peeping. While the “peeping” term sounds both lame and creepy, it’s a fantastic time to hit the Kancamangus Highway in New Hampshire or cruise Skyline Drive in the Shenandoahs.
- Take advantage of the cooling temperatures to do those home projects you wanted to avoid on 90-degree days. Wouldn’t a fire pit area be great for crisp fall evenings?
- Scare the heck out of the neighborhood kids this Halloween by making your house a haunted one. Take a day to make your address a place the Addams Family would feel right at home.
- Take the Monday before Thanksgiving and do your grocery shopping before it’s a fight for the last can of cranberry sauce.
- Pick a day in December to do some holiday shopping without the crowds. Not having to elbow out 16 desperados for the toy of the year may just restore your Christmas cheer.