The holiday season is quickly approaching and will be here before we know it! It’s also nearing the end of the year and it’s time to use up the rest of your vacation days (especially if your company doesn’t let you carry them over from year to year).
I’ve talked about vacation days before on here, like why it is so important to take time off and also how you can maximize your day off. With the weather getting cooler and the holiday season approaching, I wanted to share some ways you can make the most of those remaining PTO days, even if you’re not planning to go on vacation.
Do Some Holiday Shopping
The holiday season is upon us, which means there are lots of sales going on and it’s a great way to spend your much-needed time off! I also love the act of going shopping for all the gifts that I get for family and friends during the holiday season, so I love using my left over vacation days for some holiday shopping 🙂 Plus it’s nice not having to deal with the weekend crowds during the week!
Go to Lunch with a Friend
Is there a friend you haven’t seen in awhile or just want to catch up with a close friend? See if they are available and go out to lunch or plan a dinner with them! The best part about having a day off is doing something you don’t normally get to do during the weekdays. I love going out to lunch when I’m off with a close friend to catch up and it’s also so nice to not really have a time limit like you do when you’re on a lunch break.
Take a Yoga Class
Vacation days are meant to help you de-stress and not worry about anything work-related, so take some time to go to a yoga class to really help you relax. Yoga has a lot of de-stressing benefits to it and it’s a great way to kick off a vacation day 🙂 Before your day off, check the schedules of yoga studios around you and reserve a spot in a class that you want to go to!
Are you located in the Philadelphia area? Check out my friend’s yoga studio and cafe in West Chester, The Local Yoga Cafe.
Work on a Side Hustle/Passion Project
Have a passion project that you want to spend more time on? A vacation day is perfect for putting in some hours on your side hustle, especially if it is something you’re very passionate about. It’s also a great time to work on a bigger project that you’ve been wanting to do for your side hustle or getting ahead so you can relax after those crazy work days.
Related Reading: The Side Hustle Essentials Every Girl Boss Needs
Enjoy a Cup of Tea & Read a Book
I don’t know what it is about this time of the year, but with the weather getting colder all I want to do is snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea (or coffee). There is something so peaceful about reading a book and drinking some hot tea. If this is something that you like to do, spend some time reading a new book or a current book you’re reading on your day off.
These are my top 5 favorite ways to spend extra vacation days during the holiday season. Comment below with your favorite way to spend a vacation day during the Fall/Winter season!
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