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What would you do with a free 6 months?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by StuBob, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Malevolence


    Joined: Oct 21, 2011

    Posts: 14,480

    Get a decent bike and cycle around the entire coastline of Great Britain, and hopefully lose the belly in the process. Then, depending on how much time is remaining, grab my passport and bugger off.
  2. OpenToSuggestions


    Joined: Aug 5, 2006

    Posts: 10,766

    Location: Derby

    I have worked from home all the way through.
    Those on Furlough were definitely on a paid holiday!

    If I had been furloughed I would have decorated the house :).
  3. randomshenans


    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 11,672

    Location: France, Alsace

    Agreed lol
  4. adolf hamster


    Joined: Oct 18, 2012

    Posts: 7,257

    it's an interesting question.

    my lockdown experience has mostly consisted of bugger all, but the reason being was that not only could i not leave the house but i had no idea (and still have no idea) when i could get back to normal work. therefore you're hesitant to commit yourself to anything too long term in case you don't get finished in time. hesitant to spend money on hobbies just in case things get worse.

    if i'd had some certainty at the start, knew exactly how long i had, then it would have made it much easier to commit to a longer term project.

    of course time isn't the only factor here, and money plays a big part even assuming you don't have the constraint of working around everywhere being shut.

    a big help would at least being able to see friends/family, bunch of good projects me and a friend could have been at with this time but I've been keeping away because he's in the vulnerable category.
  5. Yadda


    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,954

    Location: Baa

    ...and once mended, off somewhere to dance the nights away with senoritas who can sway (not Rhyl).
  6. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    6 months off paid and no pandemic? Ride a motorbike around the world (the bits I choose to, at least). Cliched, but I've love to do it.

    As to my lockdown experience, I've been working. People kept asking if I was enjoying the sunny weather - it looked nice through the windows of my home study and office...
  7. Rids


    Joined: Sep 30, 2008

    Posts: 6,294

    All depends on the budget I had available I guess. But 6 months touring the US and Canada sounds like a plan to me.
  8. Amnesia


    Joined: Jun 22, 2007

    Posts: 8,939

    Location: Buckingham Palace

    blowing hookers ...sounds like you're in prison
  9. skaif


    Joined: Oct 25, 2014

    Posts: 2,842

    Location: East of the middle

    I am actually in a similar situation but with around 2 months to play with.

    For context I am in Qatar and work finishes today. I am due back on the 23rd of August but the entry requirements back into the country are crazy requiring a 2 week quarantine at a designated hotel at your own cost. So a 2k bill when you get back plus flights of around 3k means returning to the UK for a month and a bit (taking into account UK quarantine) is going to cost 5k!

    So instead I bought a car and going to spend the next 7 and a bit weeks touring the country, seeing beaches, camping in the desert and generally having fun with my wife and kid. It will probably get boring eventually but I am really looking forward to it!
  10. Haggisman


    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 13,255

    Location: Birmingham


    Whilst working from home certainly has it's benefits, trying to fit a normal working day and normal school day into the same 8 hours is basically impossible, so I've ended up working longer hours to make up the time. That along with the fact we've been extra busy at work due to having to make urgent adjustments to our software to cater for furlough schemes, MOT extensions etc. and supporting our customers who are now also working from home, and juggling all of the above with a baby in NICU has been hard work! I'd be happy with 6 days off, never mind 6 months!

    To answer the question though, I'd finally get the house & garden decorating finished, and maybe try to do some freelance contract work to earn a few extra ££ to buy toys with :D

    Unfortunately living in Birmingham means no real countryside within quick & easy travel distance, which is why - when this is all over - I'm planning to speak to work about potentially working from home full time (or at least 3+ days a week), and moving somewhere a bit more rural (Welsh coast is appealing!)
  11. DrToffnar


    Joined: Jan 25, 2013

    Posts: 3,278

    Perhaps this is a really selfish, pathetically bitter thing to say, but I will forever be annoyed that I wasn't in a furloughed job. Literally had to work constantly over these past 4 months. Not just that, but it's been far harder then it usually would have been (screening coordinator for maternity). It is extremely rare that I take time off to do anything more then sit at home and chill the **** out with the GF. 4 months of that would have been a real dream I think. The list of things I want to watch/play/ do around the house is damn near bottomless.
  12. Jez


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,304

    You should be extremely grateful that you are not one of tens of thousands who have already been totally laid off, into a now very tough market. I have had my contract ended due to this situation, had to sort another one and luckily have worked something out, but i'll be 30-40k/year down post transition.....my wife is also probably 20-30k down through this. People who have not seen interruption should not be complaining, a lot of us have taken quite a hit! :)
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
  13. Surveyor


    Joined: Sep 5, 2010

    Posts: 22,231

    How much sympathy we have will depend on how much you'll be earning on your new contract.
  14. Jez


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,304

    Direct the sympathy to the tens of thousands finding themselves totally out of work then if you'd rather, right down to retail and factory workers, etc :) The point is the same....
  15. Josh


    Joined: Oct 23, 2013

    Posts: 10,005

    Location: Surrey

    Worked all the way through however if I had a paid 6 months, DIY, golf, reading and travel.
  16. Surveyor


    Joined: Sep 5, 2010

    Posts: 22,231

    Thanks, I would rather.
  17. Jez


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 32,304

    And I am sure that you would agree with the point, this has had more impact to a lot of people than just not getting some free time off :)
  18. The Judge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 10, 2003

    Posts: 1,078

    Location: N.Ireland

    Sorry, needed to change that slightly :p
  19. alchal


    Joined: Aug 27, 2019

    Posts: 333

    6 months.
    Money no objection then Japan and new Zealand for that time.
    Money problems,lots of walks with the camera.

    Quarantine then probably a new patio with the missus 'helping' with the foundations...
  20. stuman

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 27, 2003

    Posts: 1,654

    what study material did you use? Can you do it just from the regs?