I've been doing this job for 16 years now. I'm 32. Had 1 vacation (over 4 days) in that 16 years, my honeymoon. I had a crew so I was able to go to Alaska for 2 weeks. That was 5 years ago now. I've gone back to being solo and am just trying to figure out how to get some vacation time built into the schedule over the next couple of years. Does anyone stipulate in a contract, or tell people, "Listen, I'll be going on vacation with my family for 10 days beginning whenever to whenever, when I get back I'll double cut your lawn if need be" or do you guys just work all summer and wait for a dry spell and leave for a week then, when most of the work could wait a week?