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ElmoForst

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Camino(s) past & future
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I've fallen in love with the idea of being a lapsed catholic peregrino but can't figure out how in the world to get the time off needed to have a go at it. How do youse all do it, or is everyone college age or retired?
Love the forum, thanks all & cheers!
Elmo
 

NCfishboy

New Member
I don't know about everyone else, but I am not college or retired. I usually don't use much vacation time and am allowed to have 240 hours saved at the end of the callender year so after a few years that is what I have and now this year its use it or it rolls over into sick leave, so I decided to take a big vacation as I never have. I looked over the employee manual and talked to HR, then talked to my boss and had to schedule it during the fall as it is a little slower time of year. Then I just put in for 33 days off (including weekends). He wasn't really happy but not much he could say as there was no limit to the time off you can use at once in the employee manual. Then it was saving up money for a year in order to pay for the plane tickets, bus, spending money and a little equipment. Now all I have to do is wait till September.
 

ffp13

Addicted pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Caminos: 2009 SJPP, 2011 Roncessvalle , 2012 Pamploma, 2013 Roncessvalle, 2013 Porto, 2014 Burgos, 2014 Porto

Future: Roncessvalle
I didn't appreciate how lucky we are in Oz, the minimum annual vacation entitlement is 4 weeks excluding public holidays. Maybe that is one reason you see so many Ozzies travelling?
 

Freetime

Member
Camino(s) past & future
0 currently. Shooting for 2014
You are pretty well off in Australia with 4 weeks off. I won't get that until 20 years with the company. I'm at 7 years now. However I too can save up to 240 hours but I don't have to figure in weekends. That would be about 42 days off for me. Should be plenty. Now to just save it...
 

Choweth

Active Member
I'm a wife, mother of 2, and full time college student. My school is allowing me 2 months of "leave of absence" :) Surprisingly my husband said go for it as well! We never had to "talk", discuss, argue, bargain, or compromise, at all (unless he's holding it in :D ) Everyone is practically shoving me out the door! So off i'll go (in 9 months) ;)


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-a blog about life, a bucket list, and a future pilgrimage-
 

ffp13

Addicted pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Caminos: 2009 SJPP, 2011 Roncessvalle , 2012 Pamploma, 2013 Roncessvalle, 2013 Porto, 2014 Burgos, 2014 Porto

Future: Roncessvalle
Freetime said:
You are pretty well off in Australia with 4 weeks off. I won't get that until 20 years with the company. I'm at 7 years now. However I too can save up to 240 hours but I don't have to figure in weekends. That would be about 42 days off for me. Should be plenty. Now to just save it...
In Australia you also get long service leave, a bonus 3 months for each ten years service, this can be accumulated ie 6 months for 20 years or take it as cash when you leave. ( for some private industry's the entitlement applies after 15 years) after the initial qualifying period long service is accrued pro-rata annually.

But that no longer applies to me as I retired 3 years ago at age 55, lots and lots of Camino time. :)
 

Flea1970

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
End August (2013)
I'm walking the Camino from the beginning of September for 5 1/2 weeks using my Long Service Leave. Unfortunately, if you're in Victoria (Australia) and not in government or education or under an aware you only get 8 weeks long service leave after 10 years. I'm not complaining, mine is going to be well and truly well spent. Can't wait to get out of the rat race and on the slow path ...
 

gerardcarey

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF x2, CPL
In August 2012 I finished up at my job, sold everything of substance, then headed off to complete the Camino Frances. I figured a new life would find me on its completion, and it has.
I would add that this is the sixth or seventh time I have sold up and gone looking for adventure.

Regds
Gerard
 

ElmoForst

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
bucket listed
Goodness, thanks all! I can see ill need to relocate to AU ;) I was quite curious about this and fingers crossed-- ill brainstorm a way for myself. Besides butting all my vacation from one year in dec and then all from the next in Jan, together. :) cheers!
 

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