In other words you are not actually taking a vacation, you are changing your schedule and taking advantage of your jobs flexibility. I'd call that a 24/7/365 vacation, when you separate yourself from the "mid level employees", as you so eloquent put it. Lets not even look at how the low level employees are being mistreated, as they strive to hold their crappy job among thousands of equally depressing opportunities. The sad thing about that is the crappy jobs are the ones we can't live without. So go right ahead and sit comfortably in you job, and work through your vacation. Because quite honestly I don't believe you earned a free from work vacation, the way the lower level employees do. But yet the low level employees are lucky to even get a vacation, and when they do they certainly couldn't afford anything elaborate.