Let me preface this by saying I only have a limited number of vacation days.
I've been approached by some hunting buddies about bowhunting an area in Oregon in a really cool wilderness area. I've hunted with one of the guys before and he is going as the packer and camp guy. Cost to me: License, Tags, 1/4 of groceries, horseshoeing and travel expenses. I've killed a bull in Oregon with my bow before, and my budget for the next few months is going to be TIGHT.
I just got an email from a sales rep with a company I buy a lot of stuff from. One of their suppliers has a fishing trip in Canada for 4 days and I'm invited. i've never spent much time in Canada, and I've certainly never fished there. The dates fall on days I dON'T have my kids. They invited me last year but I was unable to go. Cost to me = Nothing....I do feel like if i go I will need to use 2 paid vacation days so my bosses don't fell like they are paying me to goof off.
If all was equal I'd go on the bowhunt no doubt. But I hate to pass up on a chance to broaden my horizons, and schmooze with some bigwigs in my industry. Could this fishing trip set the stage for some thing bigger in my career? It also brings up the discussion about feeling beholden to suppliers who put on trips for their clients. I always felt like they are going to take SOMEONE, so it might as well be me.....What are your thoughts?.....