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Poll: Since you became a freelance translator, have you had more holidays?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Since you became a freelance translator, have you had more holidays?".

This poll was originally submitted by Nathalie White. View the poll results »



 

Denise DeVries  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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working holidays Apr 15, 2011

I've been able to work while traveling and travel while working!

 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2003)
Italian to Spanish
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Other Apr 15, 2011

More holidays than when? I cannot compare translating as a freelancer with any other jobs because it's the only job I've ever had!

 

Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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Not more holidays Apr 15, 2011

but more time to manage other things.

And to tell the truth, these are not holidays.


 

Marilena Berca  Identity Verified
Spain
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Member (2009)
English to Spanish
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Less Apr 15, 2011

I can never be totally cut off from work, or at least from reading my email.

 

Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
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English to Dutch
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Other Apr 15, 2011

I've always been a freelance translator and I've always taken plenty of time off. I work hard, but there's more to life than just work, so from time to time I tell everybody to stop calling/e-mailing.

 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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German to English
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I have less free time Apr 15, 2011

When I had a job with scheduled hours, projects didn't 'come up' that needed my time on the weekends. Or during the major holidays.
I therefore have found it harder to schedule holiday baking and things of that sort.
And I often end up doing some work while away on holiday.


 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
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Member (2007)
German to French
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Less Apr 15, 2011

I take less holidays than I used to when I was employed.
But like Susanna, I take more time to do other things (like going to the shops when nobody does, which saves me a lot of time eventually!) and a bit like Denise, I have been able to live for some time abroad while keeping working, which I could not have done previously. So I'm definitely happy with it!


 

Gilla Evans  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:37
Spanish to English
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a little linguistic pedantry Apr 15, 2011

Going to annoy everyone by nitpicking:

strictly speaking the question should ask about whether people have 'fewer' rather than 'less' holidays...



 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:37
Member (2009)
English to German
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A smile Apr 15, 2011

Gilla Evans wrote:

Going to annoy everyone by nitpicking:

strictly speaking the question should ask about whether people have 'fewer' rather than 'less' holidays...




I'm not annoyed by your correction, it just made me smile - in a kind/agreeing way.

As to the holidays/vacation time, they are about the same. Whether they will increase or decrease depends on how busy I will be. But it is hard for anyone in employment, let alone for most freelancers to have as many days of annual leave (holidays) as I used to have when I had worked for the Air Force: 37 work days, placed well, so to speak, it was easy to go on vacation some 3 - 4 months every year. Those were the days.


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
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English to French
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Other Apr 15, 2011

Had plenty when I was a teacher... Now, holidays vary a lot from one year to another.

 

Noni Gilbert  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Same number of holidays, less free time during them Apr 15, 2011

Wanted to say fewer holidays, but it's not strictly speaking true. So no opportunity to demonstrate that I too still wince at the less/fewer issue even if I am completely resigned to it and no longer correct it in others.

Now I can have a project to work on wherever I am. Yippittidoo. I imagine you get my drift even if I don't know how to spell that word.



Noni


 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:37
Spanish to English
Although Apr 15, 2011

Gilla Evans wrote:

Going to annoy everyone by nitpicking:

strictly speaking the question should ask about whether people have 'fewer' rather than 'less' holidays...




You could say "less holiday", as in "less time off".


 

Mustafa Er (BSc MA)  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Member (2005)
German to English
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With the Internet everywhere is your work place Apr 15, 2011

And a laptop. That's all you need. I travel everywhere I want. Find a quiet place and work on my laptop. I usually take 2 months holiday and work at the same time.

 

Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 10:37
Member (2004)
Spanish to English
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More travel and longer trips Apr 15, 2011

I assume we're talking about "holidays" in the Commonwealth English sense (vacations).

When I had an office job, I had a couple weeks off per year, some of which were spent traveling.

Now I have the luxury of visiting friends or family whenever the opportunity arises, or just traveling to explore the world. I still work while I'm away, but being in a profession that is conducted largely by e-mail gives me the flexibility to travel more than before.


 
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