Vacation issue with boss
I am taking 2 weeks off to climb Kilimanjaro. I told my boss nearly 4 months ago, submitted an official time off request 1.5 months ago (once I got the go ahead from the travel company re: COVID), and sent him a reminder 2 weeks ago.
Two days before I am scheduled to leave, my boss calls me and suggests that I don't go on the trip. He is acting like I just sprung this on him, and that there MIGHT be some things that I'll be needed for over those two weeks. I was flabbergasted and basically told him to kick rocks. I also just realized that he never approved my request, but he didn't deny it either (he just never bothered to open the fucking notification - even after I reminded him 2 weeks ago).
For one, this trip is insanely expensive and will not be able to get any refund at this point. Secondly, I am going with my dad and this is likely the last opportunity I'll have while he is still in decent enough health/shape.
I believe I did everything right leading up to this (process-wise). Moreover, things are extremely quiet right now and will very likely remain so for the duration of my trip. I strategically planned it for what has historically been the quietest part of the year for us… Ive been a top performer with this team for nearly 5 years now. My boss has been here for 6 months. This is the first time I've taken consecutive days off in over 2 years.
I am honestly so heated right now. I will gladly die on this hill if that's what it comes down to. I am going on this god damn trip. What would you do?