Too Many People Feel Guilty Taking Vacation. Here’s How Not To


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By Julia Chang

This story originally appeared on LearnVest as "Millennials Feel the Most Guilt About Taking Vacations."

It sounds too ridiculous to be true, but "vacation shaming" is a real thing.


It’s why many of us find it hard to ask for time off, according to a new survey that found one in four Americans have negative emotions  feeling nervous, guilty, afraid or ashamed  when requesting time off. In the survey, from travel insurance company Allianz Global Assistance, workers said they didn’t want to disappoint their bosses or team members, felt pressure from management not to use up all their vacation or, simply, imposed the guilt on themselves.

And for all the stereotyping millennials endure about filling their Instagram feeds with beach and backpacking selfies, they are the ones feeling the most vacation-shamed: 25% say they feel nervous when asking for time off, compared with just 14% of Gen Xers and 6% of baby boomers. As a result, nearly half of them don’t use up all the vacation days they are entitled to, compared with 36% of Gen X and 42% of boomers.


Here’s another disappointing finding: Last year’s Allianz vacation survey found that more than half of Americans haven’t gone on vacation in a year, while almost four in 10 haven’t gone on vacation in two years.