Life isn't just about waking up, going to work, going home, and repeating the same schedule every day. There should be more to life than just working. Everyone in the world could use more vacation days in my opinion. It's important to have a lazy day at home or go out and explore the world every once in a while.

If you want to extend those lazy days at home or help make your life's adventures last a bit longer, supposedly you can stretch 15 PTO days, in 2024, into what feels like 52. Before you start sharing how this is impossible and you work in the real world and blah blah blah, I get it.

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This won't work for every single person in the world. Not everyone gets 15 PTO days and not all jobs have the same standards on how PTO works. But if this helps 10 or 20 people enjoy their lives a little bit more in 2024, I'm all for it. I'm a bit skeptical but let's find out how this is possible with the help of John Liang.

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Unsplash - Chen Mizrach

Whether you want to sip mai tais on a beach and watch sailboats go by, hike the rocky mountains, visit a new state park, take a trip to Disney World, or sit on your couch and watch the entire Yellowstone series in 3 days, you can strategically use PTO to make the time feel longer.

Turn 15 PTO Days into 52

John Liang has a massive following on social media. He has 2.3 million followers on TikTok, 905k followers on Instagram, and just under 500k subscribers on YouTube. He gives a ton of finance tips and work advice in his videos and he recently shared this video on how to maximize your vacations in 2024.

He breaks down each month and when you can/should put in your time for PTO. Math isn't exactly my strong suit but let's see if this adds up. The green boxes are the days you would "request off" and the blue days are weekends or holidays some people can already expect off of work.

As I mentioned before, this won't work for everyone. After watching the video, I can see more than 1 holiday that I will be expected to be at work. Even if some of these holidays don't exactly work out, being able to stretch 15 days into, what feels like 25 or 30, I'd call a win.

Even if only a handful of these days work for you, I don't see why you wouldn't want to try and stretch your free time as much as possible in 2024. Even if you only have 10 PTO days, you can still try and maximize them as best as you can.

Now, go tell your boss you're planning on taking more than 15 days off this year, and let us know how well that goes! If you're your's a Friday (January 19), let the boss know you'll be taking a 3-day weekend.

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