Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The 2013 Vacation Plan

This years has just run for about three weeks, and we'll have our first national holiday this Thursday! Do you plan to take a leave on Friday and have a long weekend? I don't. *panic*

But I have nothing to worry about. February will mark my fifth year with this organization, which means that apart from the 12 days of annual leave I'll be entitled to get 30 days of leave, or also known as the sabbatical leave. Muahahaha *devilish laugh*

Most companies in Indonesia give 12 days of leave, because that's what the Labor Law says. With 14 days of national holiday, most Indonesians only have 26 days of holiday in one year! If anyone ever dare to say Indonesians are lazy, they must be seeing things upside down.

A journo friend in Ghana says he has 60 days of leave in a year. If I'm not mistaken most European countries have around 3 months of holiday (and they usually take it during summer, CMIIW). Twelve days of leave is definitely not enough.

This is why most Indonesians take leave on the days between the weekend and the national holidays. We call it as Harpitnas or Hari Kejepit Nasional, a corrupted form from Harkitnas (National Awakening Day), which means the caught-in-between national day.

Don't even think of taking a road trip or book a train or flight a day before the Harpitnas, because the roads will be congested and tickets will be most likely sold out. This really shows how badly Indonesians need vacation time (Yes, Labor and Transmigration Minister, I'm looking at you now).

As you can see in the above picture, it's this year's calendar. The Harpitnas days are March 11, May 10, June 7, October 14 and November 4. Have you planned your vacation this year?

On the other hand, if you have a plan to visit Jakarta, one of the most congested cities on Earth, those will be the right time to visit, beside during Idul Fitri and Christmas, of course.

Happy vacation planning :).

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