The Three (3) Week Vacation...

Mark Carruthers |

In August, Shane Sloan did something he’d never done before. He packed his bags, got on a plane and didn’t work for 21 days.

“It was almost disconcerting at first,” the 43-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., says of the trip to Thailand with his wife and daughter. He spent time with extended family, hit hotel pools high above Bangkok and relaxed beachside in Phuket. Then he realized he still had a week left. 

“Wow, I really have nothing to do,” he thought to himself. “It just gives you time to decompress.”

It’s a concept foreign to most Americans, the kind of thing people do in Europe, or in fantasies. Three weeks off. In a row. Without having to quit your job. 

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