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How To Turn Any Weekend Into A Summer Vacation

It’s fully the dog days of summer now, those long, hot days where anything could happen.

Or at least, that’s how it felt as kids. As we grow up, summers seem to get shorter and shorter. 

Hopefully, you’ve found a way to get some safe traveling in (or even great staycation time) this summer. There’s still time, of course, as Labor Day is still seen as the last hurrah for kids and adults around the U.S.

Odds are, though, that even if you did get a vacation, it pales in comparison to some of our European counterparts. 

Part of that is because of laws: in the U.S., full-time employees may earn on average 10 days of vacation, but there is no federal mandate. In Germany, that mandate is 20 days. In Spain, it’s 22.

In France, it’s 25.

At that point, time off goes from being a national law to something more cultural. Even though France receives millions of tourists in the summer, a good number of businesses shut down in August to take two, three, even four weeks off.

Heck, the vacation vibe is so strong in Paris that sites actually have to make a point of writing about which restaurants are staying open in August.

Surely there must be a way to channel that attitude here… even when we don’t get 25 days off a year.

Tricks For Making Any Weekend Feel Longer

We can debate until the leaves color and fall off the trees the merits of more time off, but so much of the vacation time decision is out of our hands. Maybe it’s related to our seniority, the type of work we do, or just the government’s decisions.

Instead, let’s talk about how to get the most out of the time off that we do have. So here’s a few brief ideas about how to make every weekend feel a bit more like a vacation.

It may not be possible to turn three nights of fun into 25 days off, but when you realize that four weekends a month makes for twelve nights, you’ll see how much potential you’ve got to really kick back and get the most of your time.

What about you? Do you have any go-to ideas for making your lazy Saturdays feel even longer?

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