Yes, I stole the article Does Taking Vacation Days Make You Feel Guilty? and the followup article Over 60 Percent of Lifehacker Readers Feel Guilty About Taking Vacation Days from LifeHacker. I thought it was interesting enough to carry over here and run the poll. For me, I need to work off the guilt trip of taking a few days off. This was back when I worked in a machine shop working for my father. Man, he would give me a guilt trip about just taking a three day weekend or even a day off to prep for a final. On a few occasions, I had a three day weekend out of town nicely yanked because of a customer breakdown. (Of course, for one of these customer breakdowns where I had a major exam, I issued the ultimatum: You have me work this weekend, I get Tuesday off WITH PAY as a regular workday. He had to say yes.) A few years later, I worked tech support for a small ISP. How small? You are staring at the entire weekend staff of one. One year before I left, I took a three week vacation. This was filed SEVEN months before I took it. Even then, it crimped the other staff. I love my current job. They are generous with the benefits and the vacation time. However, a few quarters ago, to reduce the vacation liability, they mandated a few days off during one quarter. Since I work in a call center, this was a bit of a hit. I ended up, on short notice, filling in on overnight and weekend shifts and getting a bucketful of comp time. This turned into a nice twenty days off that ran from mid-December until the first week of January. Four of those days were the mandated Christmas-New Year shut down where we had to take four vacation days. Another three were company holidays. The other 13 were comp days. Of course, some of these were taken up by college finals, but it also allowed me to spend time with my mother. In fact, this upcoming week is a vacation week. Two of those days is because of a college project and final exam at the beginning of the week. Another is because I'm going out of town at the end of the week. And, whats the point of coming in for the other two, especially since I have the time banked up. Will I feel guilty? Yeah, slightly. I have great bosses, and they understand. I'm there for them, and do NOT play the "It's a nice day, so I'm calling in sick." If anything, they complain that I ask for time off TOO far in advance.