"...They say Sing while you slave,
and I just get bored..."
Ha ha ... or plan in Australia, 20 days off a year mandated by law ... (Or stick around your city/university job long enough to get the same benefits?)
I like my job, but will not wait for retirement (lets see ... 35 years) to do the things I want to do. When I saved up vacation and went to see in-laws abroad for several weeks a few years ago, one of my coworkers commented that I should take a leave of absence. It got me thinking about our whole societal outlook - how people here will actually talk about waiting until retirement to do the things they like, while in other first world countries people easily take time off to go do things - cultural pursuits, travel, outdoor pursuits, seeing family, whatever. I asked someone who worked in Europe how things work. She said simply, people were cross-trained to cover for one another, and it was expected you'd take a long summer vacation! (And all my interactions with European bureaucracy have been smooth, I must say).