Today is Labor Day in the United States. To celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers, Edition Six is dedicated to something Americans don’t do enough of, take time off.
According to this study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the EU requires countries to grant workers at least 20 working days of paid vacation, but many nations go well above that number and have a heap of paid holidays too. France requires at least 30 paid workdays off (not including paid holidays) while the U.K. mandates 28, followed by Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden at 25. The United States is on the complete flip side of this coin, mandating no paid vacation or paid holidays. We are the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, made up of the world’s 36 wealthiest nations, that doesn’t require paid leave.
About a quarter of working Americans have no paid vacation or holidays. Another 52% of American workers had unused vacation days in 2018. The good news? Americans used an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2018, which is up from 2017. Let’s keep encouraging people to take time off, see the world, experience different cultures and beliefs and recharge.
Hipcamp is an online marketplace that helps people discover and book unique camping experiences, offering a fully stocked campsite option for those who don’t have their own gear. After recently locking in their $25 million Series B that both Jay Z’s Marcy Venture Partners and Will Smith’s Dreamers Fund participated in, with Andreessen Horowitz leading the round, they are expanding on their goal of getting more people outside. They currently offer camping, glamping and RV options on private land but also real-time availability and review data for federal lands like national parks. They are aiming to add state park campground listings soon and their Founder happens to be one of the loveliest people on the planet. See more from Fast Company here and Cool Hunting here. They have also recently been covered by Dwell, Smithsonian, CNTraveler and many more.
LOCATION: San Francisco + Remote
Head of Engineering
Head of Storytelling + Content
Photographer (contract, field scout)
React Native Developer
Full-Stack Software Engineer
InVision helps companies around the world collaborate to design and build better products. They made this editions list because their workforce is completely remote. By providing employees with the option to work from wherever they choose, they can move between different destinations all over the world, making long weekends easier to take and freeing up people to experience more during downtime. They also offer employees free gym memberships and insurance that is flexible internationally to keep people healthy and happy as they bounce around the world.
Director of Product Marketing, Invision Studio
Head of Learning and Development, Sales
Product Marketing Manager
… And many more
Turo is a peer-to-peer carsharing company that allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles and is now in 5,500+ cities and 56 countries around the world. Guests can choose from a unique selection of cars nearby, including vehicles to help with moving day or a convertible luxury car for a weekend getaway, while the hosts earn extra money to offset the costs of car ownership. With backing from Kleiner Perkins and Google Ventures, they have grown their business 10x over the last two years and made their way onto the “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area” list this year with a 98% approval rating of their CEO. They also offer employees complimentary travel credit each month to grab a car and go explore.
LOCATION: San Francisco
Growth Marketing Manager
Senior Government Relations Manager (New York based)
Senior Backend Engineer
Senior Data Scientist
TripActions mission is to deliver the best experience in business travel. For those of us who have to travel often for work, the idea of traveling for pleasure can feel more draining than anything, so TripActions made the list for removing the friction that consistent work travel can cause when we want to travel for our own enjoyment. Last year, they raised $154 million in a Series C round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz with Lightspeed Venture Partners and SGVC also participating, taking them to unicorn status with a $1 billion valuation. Their platform currently allows business travelers to arrange flights, hotels and transportation with 24/7 global support and have created unique ecosystems for executive travel, group travel and recruitment travel for candidates interviewing.
LOCATION: San Francisco + Amsterdam + Chicago + Sydney + Seattle + London + Dallas + New York
VP, Customer Success
Director of Product Marketing
Director of Talent Acquisition
Senior Technical Recruiter
Business Development Manager, Special Projects
Senior Android Engineer
Senior iOS Engineer
Senior Counsel, Privacy
… And many more
Sailing Collective creates sailing vacations worldwide while also providing professional captains and personal chefs. Each trip is carefully curated for either a group-based journey or a private charter, depending on your budget and preference. They welcome solo passengers, friends, couples and small to large groups on their vessels. Sailing Collective focuses on hard to reach port towns and raw ashore beaches avoiding cruise ships and large crowds of tourists. They are also a proud member of 1% For the Planet, pledging 1% of their annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. The best part? Their captains all have unique experience and sailing backgrounds, ranging from artists to astrophysics, adding another layer of personalization to each voyage. See more here from here from Vogue and here from WSJ.
LOCATION: New York
Project Manager, Sales + Marketing + Operations