Vacation Guilt?

I’m not sure why, but I always get nervous before going on vacation. I love to get on planes and go on adventures, but somehow I always turn into a nervous wreck in the days before I leave. Of course some of it is pure excitement over going somewhere new, but every time I feel happy about the impending adventure ahead, anxiety inevitably follows.

A lot of this has to do with the prospect of getting from A to B, but more than that – I think I feel guilty for leaving my dogs behind. I already feel like I don’t spend enough time with them, so when I decide to venture out for a few days (without them) I feel like I’m abandoning them.

I did a lot of research in how to combat these guilty feelings before my last trip to New Orleans. For some reason, this time it was more difficult to leave them behind (it was just one day longer than my last trip, but it felt like two weeks longer). I hired a dog sitter to come check on them in the evening, and my roommate agreed to check on them in the mornings. I made sure to bring them souvenirs when I brought very little back for my human family members. Still, I couldn’t shake the guilty feeling no matter what I did.

Have you ever felt guilty before going on vacation? I thought it was just me at first but after a couple Google searches I realized that I am not the only one. What was your reason(s) for feeling guilty? What did you do to combat those feelings? How did it affect your time away?