Since I’m on vacation through August 8, what better thing to be grateful for today than being able to take vacations!
This first week we are road-tripping… travelling over to the coast and just winding our way down wherever our curiosity leads us. We left first thing Friday morning and it’s been so nice to get away.
We have a huge Suburban which is just perfect for traveling. It’s like a little home away from home, and we’ve been sleeping in the truck at nights alongside the ocean. It’s been delicious.
I did happen upon a realization that you might find useful. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to vacations and stuff. I prefer the spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment kind of getaways. And with my guy’s old job, planning ahead for a vacation was not a luxury we had. They frequently had him on call and he could get called away at a moment’s notice. I can’t count the number of times we had plans dashed that way. We’d have to sneak away like thieves in the night sometimes just to prevent them from putting him on-call. I tell ya, I don’t miss that one bit!!!
That said, a small bit of planning ahead is necessary when you have clients you take care of. A couple days off here and there, I don’t worry about at all because I don’t do any on-demand work for my clients that requires me to be in daily contact with them. But when I plan to be gone for a length of time, I let my clients know one to two weeks in advance.
The thing I just realized is that the last and first weeks of a month are great times to take off for vacations. My payments are automatic so I don’t have to worry about billing and so forth during the first week of the month. And taking the last week off leaves more than enough time in the previous three weeks of a month for clients to take advantage of their retainer plans.
I hope you all are having a lovely summertime and have taken vacations of your own or have plans for them!