Mehr Ferien dank Brückentagen? 2023 hast du es in der Hand. - NIKIN EU

More vacation thanks to bridge days? In 2023 you will have it in your hands.

More is not always better, but sometimes it is cleverer. Especially when it comes to the number of vacation days you have. And you can easily extend this: Use the bridges around the church, regional and local holidays in 2023. This will give you more time for yourself and those close to you. They will appreciate it too. Go for it, even if your boss frowns. Because ultimately you can only give your best when you're doing well.

Ideally, we all love what we do at work. Nevertheless, there should be enough time left to relax, find relaxation and recharge your batteries - and not just over the normal weekend. Regardless of whether you stay at home or travel far away, whether you prefer to do nothing or be actively out and about: you should enjoy your well-deserved four or five weeks of vacation to the fullest - and if possible, cleverly extend it with bridging days.


Image: Let's go, let's get started.

You should be from Graubünden

One thing first: Anyone who works in Graubünden will also be able to enjoy 16 legally enshrined public holidays and rest days in 2023. After all, everyone who works in the cantons of Aargau, Lucerne and Schwyz, Ticino, Uri and Zug is entitled to a full 14 days off. In Freiburg and Solothurn there are the same number, although one day is only half paid. Workers in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Geneva and Vaud have it the least well: they “only” have between eight and nine days off work per year. If you compare the whole of Switzerland, next year we will have an average of ten public holidays.

Image: Dive into the mountains and breathe a sigh of relief.

Minimum stake, maximum win

In some cantons and regions it is enough to redeem a single day of vacation in 2023 to bridge the gap seven times and benefit from four days off in a row. In the first half of the year these are the three Thursdays on Ascension Day (May 18th), Corpus Christi (June 8th) and Peter and Paul (June 29th). The second half of the year brings us four opportunities: the national holiday on August 1st and the Assumption Day on August 15th, the Geneva Prayer Day on September 7th and St. Stephen's Day on December 26th, a classic.

Image: The sound of the sea instead of the rattling of the keyboard.

Quality instead of quantity

What's the point of having free days if you can't fully enjoy them? Many people are stressed all year round. It is all the more advisable to plan non-working days well and prepare for them in advance.

  • Fly out if everyone does it? Not a good idea. If you want peace and quiet, you'd better not set out with armies. Cars get stuck in traffic, airline passengers get stuck at check-in or at security. Those who take the train often travel better and arrive more relaxed - usually right in the center.

  • Visit places that are already overcrowded? No problem if you are a herd animal. Everyone else prefers to look for less desirable destinations. Does it always have to be Ticino over Easter, the Mediterranean in summer or a winter sports resort over the holidays? Good things are often just around the corner, so to speak. And this can also be achieved on foot, by bike or by public transport.

  • Does it always have to be consumption? Whatever money can be had is fun - but often only for a short time. How about we focus more on real values ​​and communicate more instead of consuming: being together, cultivating family and friendships, seeing nature with different eyes or even planting a tree? Enjoying the little things opens up new worlds - and is much more sustainable.
Conclusion: Properly planned, bridging days can build bridges. To your very own self and to a lasting quality of life.
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