« on: March 16, 2013, 06:40:20 am »
The biggest issue facing most Americans wanting to do longer tours are the absurdly limited vacations we are allowed. As the poster above points out it is all about prioritization of expenses. As a career Army officer I have been able to tour in some amazing places where I have lived for extended periods, Europe, Africa, and in the US. However, I am still unable to get the time for a "grand tour." It has nothing to do with money, or time away from family. My little crew is so used to be me being gone that a three month tour is nothing. When I retire long bike and wilderness trips will be required, because otherwise I am not sure how my wife could cope with me at home all the time! I'm lucky, at 30 days of paid leave per year, I frequently carry almost three months of vacation at a time. However, being able to take it is another story. I jokingly tell all of my international friends that the national sport of America is working...we as a culture could go a long way to learning a bit more about a healthier work-life balance.