up, up, and away.

speaking of trips, my mind is caught up in vacation dreaming. the idea of jumping on a plane in a week already has my head in the clouds. and while my dreams are busy booking imaginary flights, my brain is thinking how i’m going to strike a balance between work, weekend work, finances and life’s enjoyments. like most, taking time to unwind proves to be a challenge.

in a recent survey done by TD Bank conducted with canadian millennials, almost all (95%) of albertans agree that vacation time is essential to keeping them happy (significantly higher compared to 90% of all canadians).

*raises hand* i am the 95%.

Hellen Buttigieg, a life coach and founder of We Organize U, says that millennials often set high expectations for themselves when it comes to professional advancement, but it’s important for them to recognize that taking time off can actually benefit their work life.

be it a trip to visit the family in toronto or down south, a #sistertrip to a new city, or even just a day off to hike, when i can step away from the work grind to make time for myself and explore, i am more productive once i return to the office.

thankfully, taking time to recharge doesn’t have to be a grand endeavour like an overseas trip, TD Bank says even mini-vacations and staycations are included in that 95% statistic since they are much easier to budget for, and can offer a stronger ROI ROE (return on enjoyment). an hour drive to the rockies is all i need to refill my tank and have creativity shooting out of my eyes.
moraine lake

part of me is still caught up in the idea of “if you don’t do it someone else will.” which is probably why you’ll find me working away most of the time. that being said, i still find a way to use up all of my vacation time, unlike 43% of albertans (and 36% of all canadians) surveyed.

like the rest of cash-strapped millennials, i realize life is expensive and a girl’s gotta eat. i’ve made it a recent goal of mine to be better with my money, and i’m saving for life, as well as for my activities off of work, by creating a financial plan. i’ve allotted a monthly allowed spend to rent, utilities, coffee shop visit, health and fitness, and the like, in order to put money into savings and money into fun. some months it’s difficult to stick to, but in the long run i know that my daydreams will be able to become plane tickets.


Buttigieg says whether you want to invest in a new hobby that can be experienced time and again or plan a once-in-a-lifetime getaway, what’s essential is to take a break, refresh, and invest in some much needed time for yourself.

do you take all of your vacation time? have you started a financial plan to enjoy life?

thank you TD Bank for sponsoring s&s and making this post – and future travel plans – possible.

  • I could never understand why people don’t use vacation days; vacation is THE BEST! Makes me happier and more productive and you get to experience the best of what the world has to offer (good food, lots of ice cream). There’s beautiful photos and memories. Not many people can say that about their jobs. I think my financial plan to enjoy life is not being cool/having a social life; I guess it’s working for me so far.

    • i am trying hard to adopt your financial plan. it’s going okay.

  • Vacation time is vital! Working in HR, I see the effects when people don’t use it! And I’m with you, mini vacations are some of the best trips. I started with a financial plan pretty early and I’m so happy I did, but I guess being married to a Financial Advisor keeps it on my radar – haha. Here’s to lots of beautiful vacations in the near future!

    • Ari would be so sad to look at my finances. poor thing. i’m excited for all of your upcoming travel…especially once you add Toronto in May to it. ;)

  • Becky @ TheBexFactor.com

    I always use my vacation days, even though these days a lot of them are used to stay home with Liam when he’s sick.

    I have a whole separate account for travel funds and I auto transfer money into it every month so I always have the funds to get away somewhere.

    • that’s such a great idea to have a separate account for that. i have a life savings account like that that i can transfer in to but i cannot take out of it.

  • I do not understand people who don’t use vacation days. I’ll sometimes roll forward days, but that’s only because I want extra days for the following year.

  • I use every hour of vacation time and get mad at myself when I don’t. Still, it’s certainly not enough!