India ranked as the most vacation-deprived country in the world: Survey


  • Travel agency Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation Report 2018 has ranked India as the most vacation deprived country globally. The report has shown that over 75% Indians feel vacation deprived as work dominates.
  • Only 3% of Indians go on a vacation every month while over one-third of the population goes without a vacation for six months to a year.
  • Half the Indians strongly feel that taking a break is actually effective and should be considered seriously as it improves productivity and helps reduce stress.
India has been ranked as the most vacation deprived country globally with 75% of Indians reporting they don’t travel enough up from 60% last year, according to a survey by Expedia, a US based travel agency.

According to Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation Report 2018 as reported by Financial Express, nearly 41% of Indians wished to go on a vacation but haven’t been on a holiday in last six months due to workload. Only 3% took a vacation every month while over one-third said they go without a vacation for six months to a year.

After India, South Korea and Hong Kong were the most vacation deprived at 72% and 69% respectively. The survey was conducted across 19 countries surveying over 11,000 employed adults above 18 years of age. It was conducted online from 19-28 September across Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America.

The survey showed that about 24% Indians can't afford a holiday while have many a preference for a longer holiday. The results reflect the prevailing perception for many Indians (18%) is that professionally successful people don’t take vacations, said the report citing Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia. While 25% of employed adults feel they might miss out on an important work decision if they avail their full vacation.

However, more than half the Indians strongly feel that taking a break is actually effective and should be considered seriously as it improves productivity and has health benefits.

The survey also reported that Indian workers were bothered by their co-workers and other staff, and sidetracked by work obligations even while they were on vacation.

In terms of occupations, workers in the food & beverages, heath, and retail industries were found to be most vacation deprived while those employed in the real estate sector were least deprived, TOI reported.

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