Business Wire India
About the survey
Expedia®, world's largest full service online travel agency, today released the results of the 2017 Vacation Deprivation® study, an annual survey of vacation habits across multiple countries and continents. The survey ranks India as the 5th most vacation deprived country globally, just after South Korea (82%), France (66%), Malaysia (65%), and Hong Kong (64%). Findings that further corroborate this are 55% Indians take fewer days of the vacation days they get and 28% don’t take leaves as work schedule does not allow for vacation or there are not enough staff to cover.
Mr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia in India said, “It is very important to inculcate an organizational culture that promotes healthy work-life balance through timely vacations. While technology helps us leave the office in time, it doesn't necessarily mean that we are disconnected from work. As per our study this year- on a one-week vacation, 37% Indians would check their work email/voicemail more than once per day (#3 globally) and 21% check once per day (#2 globally). It is no surprise that 48% Indians feel the happiest during a vacation when they disconnect from work, even though the figures have dropped from 53% last year. A good vacation and disconnecting from work at least once or twice a year is crucial in rejuvenating not just the body, but the mind. 55% Indians feel that being vacation deprived results in decreased productivity at work while 64% are more focused once back from vacation. 34% Indians are even willing to take a cut in their salary for extra vacation days.”
“As technology seeps in our lives, travelers are also increasingly using mobile during vacations to – research information about the destination (#2, 80%), booking activities or reservations while traveling (#1, 67%) manage travel itinerary (49%) and booking their next vacation (38%)”, he added.
Annual vacation days received in 2017 (Median) – Highest: UAE, Finland, Spain, Germany, France, and Denmark (30) | Lowest: Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mexico (14%) and South Korea (10) | India (20 days v/s 21 in 2016).
Vacation days taken in 2017 (Median) – Highest: in Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Finland (30) | Lowest: Japan, South Korea (10), Thailand (8) | India (15, same as 2016).
Longing for a vacation! Since…
- A year or more- Highest: Brazil (44%), Australia (32%), New Zealand (32%) | India (16%, up from 12% in 2016)
- Six months to a year- Highest: Argentina (55%), Mexico (53%), Finland (52%) | India (32%)
- Three to six months- Highest: Denmark (49%), Austria (46%), Switzerland (44%) | India (33%)
- One to three months- Highest: Japan (23%), Thailand (23%), Malaysia (22%), India (18%)
- I take vacations every month- Lowest: Hong Kong (4%), India (2%, down from 4% in 2016)
Excuses over Vacations… (Reasons to not use vacation days)
- I save them in case something comes up in the future- Highest: Thailand (54%), Malaysia (52%), Mexico (49%) | India (47%, #4)
- I want to bank them / carry them over to next year for a longer vacation- Highest: Australia (37%), Sweden & Malaysia (36%) | India (34%, #4)
- Work schedule does not allow for vacation / not enough staff to cover- Highest: Singapore (37%), Thailand (36%), South Korea (34%) | India (28%, #7; down from 40% in 2016)
- Lack of money / cannot afford to take holidays / vacation- Highest: Australia & Malaysia (33%), New Zealand (31%) | India (25%, #4; up from 14% in 2016)
- It is difficult to coordinate time to take a vacation that works for me and my spouse/partner/family member/friend- Highest: Hong Kong (32%), Singapore (30%), India & Malaysia (27%)
- I can get money in exchange for my unused vacation days- Highest: Brazil (31%), India & Taiwan (30%)
- Personal schedule does not allow for vacation- Highest: India & Thailand (28%), Malaysia (26%)
- I fear that taking all of my vacation time will be perceived negatively by my employer: Thailand (17%), India (16%), South Korea (15%)
- I feel like important work decisions will be made without me: India (24%), UAE (17%), Thailand (14%)
- I fear that taking all of my vacation time will be perceived negatively by my colleagues: India (15%), South Korea & Thailand (11%)
- I usually use all my vacation time due to illness: India (17%), Thailand & UAE (11%)
- My manager does not use all of his / her vacation days: UAE (12%), South Korea & India (11%)
- One or two long vacations (more than one week in length)- Highest: Brazil (61%), Argentina (56%), Mexico, Finland (49%) | Lowest: Austria (24%), Malaysia (22%), Japan (19%) | India (46%, up from 41% in 2016)
- Mix one long holiday and several short vacations- Highest: Austria (57%), Germany (53%), Norway (50%) | Lowest: South Korea (18%), Japan (13%) | India (26%, up from 41% in 2016)
- Several short vacations / long weekend trips- Highest: Japan (49%), South Korea, Taiwan (39%) | Lowest: Germany (10%), Finland (9%), Norway (6%) | India (24%, down from 36% in 2016)
- I don't take the vacation days I get- Highest: South Korea (6%), Japan (5%), Austria (4%) | Lowest: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Singapore (0%) | India (2%)
- Extend business trips by a few days- Highest: Thailand (5%), India, Mexico (3%) | Lowest: USA
Important Factors to take a solo trip? Independence #1
Happiness @ Vacation
- Quality time with family/partner/friends- Highest: India (76%), Malaysia (75%), Finland (73%)
- Disconnecting from work: India (48%, #4, down from 53% in 2016)
- Exploring somewhere new- Highest: Malaysia (73%), India (69%, down from 77% in 2016), Singapore (67%)
- Experiencing different cultures and cuisines- Highest: Taiwan (77%), Malaysia (69%), Hong Kong (63%) | India (62%, #4)
- Meeting new people- Highest: India (53%), Brazil & Thailand (46%)
- Vacation romance- Highest: UAE (44%), India (41%, down from 49% in 2016), Thailand (39%)
- Complimentary perks, i.e. spa treatments or in-room dining- Highest: India (32%), Singapore (32%), Thailand (31%)
- Room upgrades- Highest: Thailand (25%), India (23%), Mexico & Malaysia (20%)
Leveraging Mobile tech while travelling (besides work)
- To research information about the destination being visited- Highest: Malaysia (87%), India (80%, up from 68% in 2016), Thailand (75%)
- To share images of my vacation with family and friends- Highest: India (75%- up from 63% in 2016), Malaysia (71%), Argentina (70%)
- To check in on social media- Highest: India (72%), Brazil & Argentina (70%)
- To manage my itinerary- Highest: Malaysia (66%), Singapore, Thailand & Italy (60%) | India (49%, #12)
- To book activities or reservations while I am traveling- Highest: India (67%-up from 57% in 2016), Malaysia (66%), New Zealand & Hong Kong (59%)
- To meet people- Highest: Hong Kong (49%), Brazil (46%), Thailand (44%) | India (43%, #4)
- To book my next vacation- Highest: Thailand (47%), Brazil (40%), UAE (39%) | India (38%, #4)
Vacation + Work = Vacation Deprivation
Balancing it out!
- 42% Indians spend 1 hour or less (lowest) at work dreaming and planning about potential vacations, while 33% spend 2hours (#2) and 16% spend 3hours (#1)
- Indians & Brazilians #1 in booking their next vacation during their current holiday (11%)
- Professional (Indians): Come back to work more relaxed (#2, 75%), more productive (#2, 66%), more focused (#1, 64%), have a better attitude (59%), think more holistically/big-picture (33%)
- Emotional/ Mental Health (Indians): Come back feeling relaxed (#1, 78%), feel rejuvenated and have a better outlook both personally and professionally (#2, 65%), Come back feeling less anxious and worried, but instead more organized and ready to take on the next challenge (#2, 51%), Come back feeling patient (50%), Take fewer sick days throughout the year (#3, 28%)
Sacrifices for Vacations
Anything for more vacation days!
New Job? Yes!
- Other than more money, Indians #3 globally most likely to ask for more vacation time (30%, up from 23% in 2016) as part of a job negotiation, while 19% ask for work from home (#4) and flex scheduling. Indians asking for better insurance has increased from 3% in 2016 to 9% in 2017
- 34% Indians (#2) feel comfortable taking vacation days within 1-3 months of joining a new job, while 24% take between 3-6months, 19% in 6months to 1 year and 12% take immediately
New Continent? We are game!
If Indians had the opportunity to relocate to Europe, according to 23% (up from 18% in 2016) would see the best benefit to be 25-30 days of paid vacation, along with better work opportunities (35%, #4) and experiencing a different culture (32%, #9)
This study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar Research Partners, a global strategic research firm. The survey was conducted online from September 4-15, 2017 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific using an amalgamated group of best-in-class panels. The study was conducted among 15,081 respondents across 30 countries.