• Thursday, October 1, 2020

Long Vacation Ideas

Galavante Confidential - The Gift of Mandatory Leave
November 12, 2014
By , Founder and Editor-in-chief

You may have pulled some killer consecutive all-nighters, negotiated pressure-cooker situations and been subjected to bosses who make The Devil Wears Prada look like a merry preschool play date. But if you work in finance and you’re doing it right, you’ve also got a plush office overlooking Park Avenue, catered lunches, daily shoeshines and tailormade suits. Not to mention the return of big fat bonuses in recent years and mandatory annual leave. Wait, what? Yes, folks, somewhere in history, the FDIC issued guidelines that encouraged commercial banks to require certain employees to take two straight weeks of vacation. And if you need a refresher on what vacation actually means, allow us to clarify: no blackberry, no conference calls, no access to the office and absolutely no work allowed. It’s groundbreaking, really. And while this isn’t exactly an altruistic encouragement of positive mental health, but rather an opportunity to catch the rogue trader or London whale hiding billions of dollars of losses – well, again, it’s a required vacation. We’ll take it.

We propose something elaborate. Exotic. Distant. Life-changing. In fact, this mandatory leave business is such a brilliant idea, everyone should do it.


Australia is about the same size as the continental U.S., with diverse and gorgeous topography. Two weeks will go in a flash, as our itinerary has you in Sydney for several days, as well as Hamilton Island (the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef) and the stunning Tasmania.  


It’s a country of extremes, which easily pushes most people outside of their comfort zone.  But done right (aka the Galavante way), this is a life-changing trip. We have you covered on the requisite sites, like the Golden Triangle, as well as the Ananda Spa in the Himilayas and Goa.  


Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia

Even with two weeks, this is an aggressive itinerary, but we know you’re up for the challenge. You’ll get a bit of beachcombing, cooking and sightseeing. The hotels, including the Peninsula and Aman Resorts are as worthy as the sites of Angkor Wat.  



  Fiji and New Zealand

The remote, exotic and elaborate trifecta is pretty perfectly met in Fiji, where Laucala Island is a must. And road-tripping through New Zealand gets even better when it involves discovering the burgeoning wine industry.   

Myanmar and Bali

We won’t judge you if you go all Eat, Pray, Loveon this trip. As far as life-changing goes, Myanmar and Bali will wow you with their natural beauty, surreal temples in Bagan and the serenity of Inle Lake. In complete and utter luxury, it’s also one of the best values.