For whatever the reason, many Americans take pride in the fact they don't use all their vacation days. And we are the only developed nation that doesn't require paid vacation days by law. I have stated I'm pretty liberal when it comes to corp. America and I believe we should have a law requiring paid vacation leave. I've often over-heard people BRAG about how little vacation they take. I have to laugh to myself when I hear such idiocy because that's not something to be proud of...I personally find it shameful. I have that opinion because I feel work is not life and not the focus of our lives. If it is, then those people have issues...serious issues. Work is merely a means to an end so that we may enjoy our lives. I make sure I use all my vacation days. One big motivator for me is the fact my boss rarely takes vacation and likes us to work nights and weekends. For the first 2-3 years, I did that and I burnt out. So now I rarely work nights or weekends, but I try to be at my desk by 6-7am and work until about 6pm each day and that's enough...as a matter of fact, that's plenty. Many of my best childhood memories are when my parents took us on vacation each summer to New Hampshire. My father often took 2 weeks in a row...think many do that today? I look at vacation as something I've earned with blood & sweat...why would I give it back to my company? I think I would have to have poor self-esteem if I felt I didn't deserve to take the time off I've earned. I dunno....maybe some think, "I'll enjoy life after I retire"...my thought is, why wait until I'm in my mid-to-late 60's to enjoy life. Sometimes I even wonder if many Americans have forgotten how to enjoy life outside the workplace. Workaholism is as serious as any other addiction, yet few Americans see it that way. Any thoughts as to why this is? Unused vacation days: Why workers take a pass - May. 18, 2012 Vacation? No thanks, boss "About 57% of working Americans had unused vacation time at the end of 2011, and most of them left an average of 11 days on the table - or nearly 70 percent of their allotted time off, according to a study performed by Harris Interactive for JetBlue."