When was the last time that you were on a vacation? If you can’t remember, you’re among those Indians part of a shocking revelation made by a recent survey.
What’s the buzz?
According to a report by Hindustan Times, a vacation survey conducted by Expedia has revealed that India is the most vacation-deprived country in the world. Apparently, Indian professionals are not utilising enough of their leaves to travel, thus ranking the country behind Japan, Italy, Australia and New Zealand respectively in terms of vacations taken by its citizens.
What should you know?
What comes across as a shocking revelation, as many as 75 percent of Indians feel that they are vacation deprived, which is the highest in the world, followed by South Korea at 72 percent and Hong Kong at 69 percent. This data was revealed by Expedia after the online travel agency conducted a vacation based survey across 19 countries.
What’s an even more appalling fact is that according to Manmeet Ahluwalia, who is the Marketing Head of Expedia, Indian employees haven’t been utilising their leaves to travel in spite of the fact that the employers in the country have been in support of vacations. He further stated that some of the reasons why employees are not taking vacations include things like “missing out on important work decisions, fear of being seen less committed or finding it difficult to coordinate time with their travel companion,” quoted the Hindustan Times.
Another interesting revelation by the survey was the fact that 78 percent of Indian bosses were supportive of vacations, but India was ranked at the third position in the list of countries where employees have felt guilty of taking vacations. This guilt list was topped by Japan, followed by Australia in the second position.
What’s our take?
Something that makes us feel good about Indians is that in spite of taking less or no vacations, they did feel the need to travel as that would help them unwind, and also keep them more focussed, productive and relaxed when they join back work after their respective holidays. Apart from this, a big reason why a lot of Indians haven’t taken vacations, according to the survey, is because they are saving money for going on big trips in the future.