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Mumbai is the most vacation-deprived city: Study

india Updated: Nov 16, 2014 14:25 IST

The financial capital of the country has emerged as the most vacation-deprived city among the five surveyed towns, as most Mumbaikars enjoy working more than relaxing at vacations, says a recent study.

"Vacations play an important role in maintaining the work-life balance, and general well-being of the employees while re-energising them to be more focused at work.

"However, Mumbaikars lead in enjoying work more than relaxing at vacations as a majority of them take lesser vacation days than they are awarded," Expedia managing director, Asia, Vikram Malhi said.

This, he said, makes Mumbaikars top the vacation-deprived city among the other surveyed towns in the country. According to online travel agency's 2014 Vacation Deprivation report, 97% Mumbaikars' vacation are deprived, 96% are willing to make sacrifices for extra vacation days and 42% feel guilty for taking a vacation.

However, the capital city of Delhi is the least vacation-deprived, the report said.

In Delhi, people start planning for next vacation within a week of coming back and most (99%) are willing to make sacrifices like giving up on television and junk food for an additional vacation day.

"Delhiites are least vacation-deprived as compared to other metro cities in India. About 60% of people in Delhi would prefer more vacation days instead of money.

They are also ready to sacrifice on things like junk food, Internet and television, but find it relatively difficult to part with their booze for an extra day of vacation.

About 7% of them actually book it before landing back from their current vacation," Malhi said.

The Expedia survey was conducted in five cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad by Northstar from August 25 to September 17, 2014.