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Dear Miss Know It All,

I have been asked by my employer if I would be interested in traveling with her and her family for Christmas to Aspen. My initial reaction was: no way! I am certain she wants me to babysit her adorable twins (age 2) while there,  but I know they also asked me because I do not have family close by.
Here is my dilemma. On the one hand it would be cool to be in Aspen for two weeks living in style; but on the other hand I do have close friends that I usually spend the holidays with unless I am able to afford to fly home (Mid-West). What would MKIA do (WWMKIAD)?

Not home for the Holidays
Dear Not,

This is tricky because you don’t want your employer to think you are ungrateful. However, most people have this time off as paid vacation leave. Is this the case for you? If so, you will have to decide whether you want to spend your vacation time in Aspen or with friends. If you do choose to go to Aspen, ask if this is your paid vacation time, or regular pay. The reason I mention this is that you want to make sure you still have your vacation time coming. Especially if you feel you will be “working” while there.

WWMKIAD? I’d ask your friends what they think, and if they are okay with you missing the festivities this year, then go to Aspen (if your employer is giving you full pay). Have a hot chocolate on me at the ski lodge!

MKIA