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March 4, 2014

What would you do if…


What would you do if you did not have a corporate job?


Easy! I think about it every day of my life. Besides the dreadlocks, nose piercing and tattoos I fantasize about getting, I would dedicate my life to traveling. I would work a simple job spending as much time at that job as possible until I had enough money saved for my upcoming adventure. Then this company/job I love would give me the opportunity to pack up, travel, and come back after my time off refreshed and ready to get back to ‘the grind’.

So what’s stopping me, right?
I haven’t found a job or a company that would grant me this freedom. I live in America after all…

Recently, I was hanging out with my husband’s coworker from England, Chris, a very talented shoe designer with dreadlocks. We were comparing different countries and the ‘holidays’ or rather time off that we are given each year. Unfortunately, Americans are screwed with the least amount of vacation. And people question WHY I am so restless. We are working an average of 50 weeks a year which equates to 250 days, or 2,000 hours a year that we are giving to a company. I am just as guilty!

So tell me, what would you do if you did not have a corporate job?


Facts to back my argument:
A list of the number of paid vacation days employees are required by the government to receive: 

  • Australia - 20 Austria - 22 Belgium - 20 Canada - 10 Denmark - 25 Finland - 25 France - 30 Germany - 24 Greece - 20 Ireland - 20 Italy - 20 Italy - 20 Japan - 10 Netherlands - 20 New Zealand - 20 Norway - 25 Portugal - 22 Spain - 22 Sweden - 25 UK - 20 US - 0 

Below is a list of the average number of paid vacation days given in a year to employees in each country (from least to greatest). Keep in mind that numbers do vary depending on seniority. 

  • 1. United States of America - 13 days 2. Belgium - 20 days 3. Japan - 25 days 4. Korea - 25 days 5. Canada - 26 days 6. United Kingdom - 28 days 7. Australia - 28 days 8. Brazil - 34 days 9. Austria - 35 days (42 for elderly) 10. Germany - 35 days 11. France - 37 days 12. Italy - 42 days