Max Out Your PTO Like a Pro

Did you know one of the coolest benefits Team HomeAway receives is four weeks of pure vacation time? According to Project Time Off, 54% of U.S. employees don’t use all of their vacation days. While our employees in Europe and Asia-Pacific are better at taking a break, everyone could use a hand in helping plan their days off.

Lucy Weberlein, Internal Communications and Engagement Specialist, is here to help. She’s sharing her favorite travel memories and how she’s used her time off in the past to give you some vacation inspiration.

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Lucy's Travel Stories


Q: A study came out saying that most people don’t take all of their vacation? Do you use most of your 4-weeks?

I try to! Some years I’ve gone on two-week long trips and other years I’ve done several long-weekend vacations over the year.


Q: Sounds like the perfect mix. How many countries have you visited?

Nine: Taiwan, China, Thailand, Iceland, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, France. I was fortunate enough to start traveling when I was in high school and it’s something that's continued to be important to me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really appreciated being able to share these experiences with my parents.

My mom, our cousin, and I at our ancestral village in Kai Ping, China

My mom, our cousin, and I at our ancestral village in Kai Ping, China


Q: Wow you are pretty well-traveled! Where did you go in 2017?

In 2017, I took a two-week trip to Hong Kong with my mom. We also travelled to China and Taiwan. The trip was full of sightseeing, hiking, eating amazing food, and meeting family for the first time! This was a really special trip and I’m so thankful for the time my mom and I shared together last year.


Q: Have you met any Team HomeAway friends during your travels?

Back in 2014 I had the opportunity to travel to Geneva and spent a lot of time with the team. Now it’s always fun when people from Geneva visit Austin and we can catch up!


Q: What kind of traveler would you say you are? Adventurous, touristy, or all about relaxation?

A mix of all three probably! I really enjoy just exploring the neighborhood I’m staying in, but I’m definitely guilty of stopping by the Eiffel Tower anytime I’m in Paris. Oh, and I totally went hang gliding in Switzerland!

Hang gliding in Interlaken, Switzerland

Hang gliding in Interlaken, Switzerland


Q: If you could stay in any HomeAway on the website which one would you pick?

I’ve always wanted to stay in this cabin in Palo Duro Canyon. I’ll be up in Lubbock later this year for my cousin’s college graduation, so maybe 2018 is the year I make it happen.

Q: Nice choice! What are your travel plans for this year?

No big plans yet, but a couple of places I’m dreaming about include Germany or the Mighty Five national parks in Utah.

Outside of a temple in Thailand

Outside of a temple in Thailand


Q: What’s on your packing list?

I tend to pack very light! I hate checking luggage so whatever I can carry is usually what makes it on the trip. Things I can’t live without when I travel include my Kindle, Camelbak, No Jet Lag (anti jet lag supplements), and an abundance of bobby pins.

Last year I actually invested in some new luggage and got a carry-on suitcase that comes with a built-in rechargeable battery for my phone!


Q: Since you’re an experienced traveler, what’s your number one tip for someone traveling abroad for the first time?

Stay hydrated on the plane ride!

Me at the Taipei Zoo

Me at the Taipei Zoo

Ready to make a goal to use your time off for the year? Explore this calendar to get a jumpstart on your vacation planning and actually use that time off!

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