Poll: On average, how many days off do you take per year?
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Local time: 20:12
Aug 12, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "On average, how many days off do you take per year?".

This poll was originally submitted by Paula Gayol. View the poll results »


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Local time: 05:12
English to French
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> 1 month Aug 12, 2010

All in all, way over 30 days/365, but that includes (long) weekends, odd (week)days off and holidays.

[Modifié le 2010-08-12 09:18 GMT]


Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Dutch to Romanian
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Other - n/a Aug 12, 2010

I am still working half-time and usually I use my free days, as well as weekends for translations. When i become a full time freelance translator, I may have another answer.

I always think that I will have more free time thenicon_smile.gif I know you will say it is a myth, but let me dream a little biticon_smile.gif


Teresa Borges
Local time: 04:12
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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3-4 weeks in total, taken in smaller segments Aug 12, 2010

Some years ago, I used to go away on holiday for a whole month with my children. Now that they are all grown up I tend to take long weekends whenever possible...


Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Member (2006)
German to English
1 -2 weeks Aug 12, 2010

and even then, it is difficult not to work, even if it is a quickie.
I do tend to tak long weekends where I do not work during the day, but then in the evening, I am just not consequent enough


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Spanish to English
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Other Aug 12, 2010

Sometimes I am obliged to miss a day or so of work - for example if I have to go into hospital for an operation or tests or whatever. Once I had a motorcycle accident and sustained a double wrist fracture. They operated on me awake with a local anaesthetic and that evening I asked a client to bring me a laptop, and was able to continue working with my good hand and finish their "urgent" job in time the next day.
Tax and other admin activities can also take whole days due to queueing, waiting, going from place to place etc., which would be better spent translating in my view, although I understand they are a necessary evil.
As for days off taken voluntarily... who's counting? I did have a weekend last month when I actually had no work for 3 days, which was nice, but if offered anything interesting I'd probably have taken it...
I get bored when I have no translation work to do.


Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Member (2008)
English to Italian
other Aug 12, 2010

it really depends on many factors.

example: I usually visit my parents for a couple of weeks and then I have some days abroad. When I visit my parents I usually work as I do at home, but this year I was able to deliver some translations earlier than expected so I have been able to take some days off.
in total, in 1 year I can have between 7 and 21 days off.


Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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1-2 weeks for me and for this year Aug 12, 2010

but really depends.

This year is very peculiar. So, no holidays but rest at home. Some days out (swimming pool, river) and some days in (PC, studying, some job).

Do not know if it works this way...

Nice holidays and rest to everybody.


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:12
English to Spanish
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Much more Aug 12, 2010

I take probably half time off, half time working, and no suffering.


Anja Weggel  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:12
Member (2007)
English to German
something between 4 to 6 weeks Aug 12, 2010

Considering that I work most days more than the "usual" 8 hours and sometimes on weekends, I think 4 to 6 weeks is not too much... and my eyes and my back already suffer from sitting in front of my computer all the time. While I love my work, I also like to do other things like reading books and traveling the world...

@Henry... I am jealousicon_smile.gif I would like to strike the balance between happy customers, nice income, good work and a good portion of free time... but then, don't we all?icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2010-08-12 21:48 GMT]


Marcelo Silveyra
United States
Local time: 20:12
Member (2007)
German to English
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About eight weeks Aug 13, 2010

Not counting "weekends" (by which I mean two days a week - not necessarily Saturday and Sunday). But I work part time most of the time, so I'm guessing I'm more like Henry in this particular case. I just don't see the point of working myself into an early grave...


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