But then you can buy more fucking days.
As soon as i discovered this was an option (and that you have to buy them in the previous year to spend in the next year), i maxed it out. I always have money i can't use left at the end of each month, and the reason i can't use it is because i am too busy working to spend any money. Why wouldn't i buy more days?
It turns out that even though it's called "buying" annual leave, what it really comes down to is unpaid leave. It cost me a bit over 1000€ to buy the maximum 5 days. If you think about it as 200€ a day, that sounds like an incredibly huge amount of money - more than you'd spend on an entire week-long vacation, travel included!
Then it occurred to me that a week of my salary must be around that much. So this isn't much of a "benefit".
I then proceeded to message R in Canada and i asked her if she would pay 1500CAD for 5 days off work. She said yes, in a heartbeat.
Time is better than money.
Would you trade a week's pay for a week off?