(NBC) In a survey asking people about their bucket list for vacation travel, surveyors stumbled across something about employers, employees and paid time off for vacation.
"Bosses or companies don't encourage people to take all of their paid vacation. So people are using this sort of sneak to take an unplanned vacation day," said Callette Nielsen of SpringHill suites.
Employees seem more willing to use one excuse in particular to get an extra day off.
"We just found that the sick family member rose to the top, but there were certainly a few others," said Nielsen.
The survey by SpringHill Suites found that the newest members of the American workforce are the ones most likely to lie for the extra day away.
"Millennials do that a little bit more than their counterparts. 63% of millennials have used the excuse, the most common being, I'm sick or a family member is sick," Nielsen said.
Phony excuses for a day off is not just an American habit.
A global survey recently found 71 percent of workers in China admit to calling in sick when they really weren't.