Is India’s Generation Y vacation deprived?

On April 11, 2011 at 06:45 AM
  • Results from the first-ever Indian adaptation of Expedia’s Global Vacation Deprivation survey shows India’s Gen Y taking fewer vacations than Western counterparts 
  •  Study places India as the fourth most vacation-deprived nation among 11 countries surveyed across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America
  • Striking behavioral differences were observed between consumers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore 

 India, 5th April 2011 – India’s Generation Y has emerged as the fourth most vacation deprived, according to the annual Vacation Deprivation® survey carried out by Expedia India, the world’s largest online travel company. Japan led the group of vacation deprived nations followed by USA and Australia emerging as the second and third most deprived countries respectively. The survey was carried out amongst service class professionals at managerial levels and above in 11 countries in end 2010 with over 1000 respondents per country. The India survey was conducted with consumers in Delhi, Mumbaiand Bangalore.

The India results point towards an increasing tendency among young Indians to be workaholic as a means to achieve faster career growth. On an average Indians are entitled to 26 annual leave days and are able to take an average of 22 leave days annually. However, 35% of those surveyed, were not able to take more than 15 days of annual leave in a year. Japan, the most holiday-deprived nation for the second year in a row, receives on average 16.5 days annual leave. However, 94 per cent of Japanese do not take all their leave days, taking on average only 9 days of their entitled annual leave days. On the other hand, in France which ranks as the world’s most holiday-rich nation, the average employee receives 37.5 annual leave days per year (and taking on average 34.5 of those days).

Only 37% Indian respondents were able to take all their vacation leaves. Over 22% Indian respondents stated that their bosses were not supportive of employees taking all of their annual leaves. Also, a lack of personal discipline among Indians (with over 50% consumers checking their official e-mails & messages during vacation), were the main reasons for spoiling their vacations.

Moreover, Indians showed greater orientation towards family holidays; over 18% respondents did not take their vacations because of their spouse or children not getting leave at the same time.

According to Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head for, “This is the first time that we have undertaken the annual Vacation Deprivation survey in India. The study provides interesting insights into the key factors discouraging most Indians from taking their vacation; lack of choice and flexibility in the holiday offers emerged as one such factor.”

“We believe that our global inventory of flights, hotels and holiday activities will provide the much-needed choice to the Indian traveller. Expedia’s ‘Build Your Own Trip’ solution further addresses the need for flexibility by allowing consumers to create their own packages, combined with bundled discount rates and the most comprehensive offerings.”

The survey further delved into studying traveler attitudes and trends in the three metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, highlighting stark differences between consumers in the three cities. 

Delhiites on the other hand consider ‘life=work’, with monetary benefits being preferred over holidays. Nearly 43% Delhiites considered work as their life, while 23% of Bangaloreans and 13% Mumbaikars feel the same way. This also led to 82% Delhiites working more than 40 hours a week followed by 52% Mumbaikars and 40% Bangaloreans. More than the reaction from their boss, Delhiites are concerned about their leaves impacting their family, with 31% Delhiites feeling that taking vacation might negatively affect their spouse/partner/family member’s job. Also for 39% Delhiites, children’s education is the main reason for not taking vacation while only 22% Mumbaikars and 19% Bangaloreans gave the same reason. The wife emerges as the key decision maker in Delhi. 41% Delhiites want to encash their leaves. This is quite high as compared to only 32% Bangaloreans and 22% Mumbaikars. From a travel point of view, Delhiites are significantly more adventurous as compared to their counterparts in Delhi or Mumbai. Over 38% Delhiites want to try new places for their vacation followed by 34% Bangaloreans and 19% Mumbaikars.

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About the Expedia Vacation Deprivation Study

This is the tenth year of the Expedia Vacation Deprivation survey, an annual survey which spotlights the growing trend of employed workers not taking all of their holidays. Since 2005, Expedia has expanded the survey globally to compare and contrast holiday habits internationally. In the 2010 Vacation Deprivation survey, holiday habits are analysed among employed workers in thirteen countries, namely the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.


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