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Miser Indians; vacation shy
Acording to a survey, it has been found that Indians are the fourth most vacation deprived people Is it true and if yes, what are the reasons? Let's find out.

SANJEEV SAINI, who works in Gurgaon hardly takes any leave from work. The longest leave that he has taken at a stretch was just two days long. No wonder, India has been said to be the fourth most vacation deprived country in the world.

Sanjeev said, “If I take leave from work, it is my work that just piles up and later I have to do all this work on my own, so at the end it will be a burden on me.” Sanjeev may have a valid reason, but there are various reasons why Indians do not prefer to go away on vacations.

A Noida resident, Sagar Verma said, “Most of the Indians are misers. This is the only reason why Indians do not take go on vacations.” But, there are number of government employees and MNC employees, who do not mind going to various exotic locations, if they are sponsored. Verma added, “When it is a case of free travel, Indians are ready to go, but not on their own money.”

Bolla Alekhya, who hails from Andhra Pradesh said, “For most Indians, it is important that they have their own house and car; and kids who attend good schools and in the process, taking a break goes out of the window.” Indians have always laid out their priorities and taking a break from work does not feature on top of the list for most of them. “Monetary stability comes in the way of taking a vacation as it normally entails spending lot of money. Moreover in India, the concept of visiting in-laws or grandparents place is more important than going somewhere for just a vacation, thus visiting a relatives place also take precedence over going to some new place.” said Shrabani Mukherjee.

While some are so caught up with their work that they have no time for social life, as they work 24x7 with the thought of earning more and more money, in the process losing out on health and vacation time. Avesh Bhandari from Darjeeling, who enjoys a different lifestlye from rest of Indians, said, “Indians are not adventurous. They are busy with their hectic work schedule. They have no time for fun because of their work.”

But it is not that Indians do not love having fun, but they have a different way of doing it. Sughanda Das, a travel writer said, “Indians do not have a concept of entertainment via travelling to different locations.” Most of the times, we see Indians in joyous mood, when they are with their loved ones during festivals. Das rightly put it, “ The only way of Indians celebrating is through festivals. But our generation is welcome to travel as well.”

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