Want More Vacation Days? Here Are 20 Creative Excuses To Get What You Want

08/29/2013 06:51 am ET | Updated Aug 29, 2013

We've ALL been there.

Endless reports have come out about the countless virtues of taking vacation; even more reports, it seems, have come out about Americans working on vacation, how little time off Americans get and general worker stress.

Enter resourceful thinking.

A survey of over 1,200 Americans by Choice Hotels International, Inc. revealed that 11% of respondents said that they would come up with an excuse to get additional time off (for those interested, the question read: "What’s the most creative excuse you’ve ever used or heard someone else give to skip work to get some extra days off?").

Herewith, the 20 best actually-been-used made-up excuses for why you need more vacation time.

  • I was ambushed by zombies.
  • I had to stay home to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
  • Martians kidnapped my boyfriend, and I must rescue him.
  • My aquarium busted, and I must save my fish.
  • A garbage truck is on fire at the end of my driveway.
  • There’s a snake on my porch.
  • I had to attend a pop-up wedding.
  • My mother's car broke down on a cross-country trip, and I had to go and assist her.
  • My child came home with a really contagious eye infection. I should stay away from the office until its safe.
  • My husband will be out sick today, Friday and Monday.
  • My wife got a terrible hair-coloring job, and I must stay home to provide moral support.
  • I’m having a hair malfunction.
  • I’m suffering from a sympathetic pregnancy.
  • I had an out-of-town dental appointment.
  • I gave up my seat on the plane to an elderly person and couldn't get back for a few days.
  • My dog did not wake me.
  • My dog ate my shoes.
  • My dog hid my car keys.
  • My bird is sick.
  • My grandmother died (twice in one year).
  • I’m having trouble with my prostate (reported by a woman).
  • I am meeting on a project with a co-worker (who was actually in a meeting at the time with the caller’s boss).

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