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Two of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 were to travel and be more spontaneous (I’m kind of a control freak) and both of those goals stared me right in the face last week when I saw a flight deal to Marrakesh that I’d be crazy (or too uptight) to pass up. So, I decided to do something I’ve never done before. I whipped out the credit card, purchased a round trip ticket and told myself I’d figure out the rest later — like where I would stay and getting off work.

I rarely take vacations so I assumed there’d be no problem with my requesting six days off for my Moroccan excursion — plus I put in the notice six weeks in advance of my trip which is triple the two-week company mandate. But as soon as I emailed my boss about what I thought was more of a vacation FYI than a request that would be debated, he told me taking a full week off was a no-go. The most consecutive days he could approve were three and if something changed in the near future he would let me know.

I chose not respond to the email because I really wasn’t sure what to say and I also couldn’t think of any justifiable reason my request was denied. Though our team is down one person since the beginning of the year, there are still three other able-bodied individuals who can split my workload in my absence, if needed. I am thinking about following up with my boss in person and telling him I can be available by email or work remotely a couple of days (even though I really don’t want to) as a compromise. But part of me also wants to plead my case about my loyalty to the company over the past three years and the fact that I’ve earned this vacation. One thing I’m not going to do is cancel this flight, but I also can’t lose my job. What should I do?


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