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

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


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.

A recent online poll of over 1,000 U.S. adults commissioned by The Huffington Post found that roughly one in four full-time employees were stressed out during the month of March about taking vacation days (and others responded that they weren't permitted to take their earned vacations).

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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