Plenty of people panic after losing a job. But instead of staying home to polish their résumés (or nibble their fingernails), these women fearlessly packed their bags, embracing the freedom that comes with a wide-open schedule. Sayonara, vacation request form!
It may be an outdated notion these days, that an annual vacation is a God-given right: Work obligations increasingly consume more and more time, and scheduling a two-week excursion has become the exception, not the rule. But lately, in the ultimate lemons-to-lemonade response to a changing economy, many people are finding that the best time to seize the moment and take their dream vacations is just after they’ve been laid off.