"Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going."
- Paul Theroux


Views and Interviews

April 2022

Young professionals looking forward
to vacation times

One of the things we do at AIRDA is have regular conversations with travelers and vacation seekers – particularly during this post-Covid period. To review their readiness to travel, and assess comfort levels when it comes to actually going on a vacation.

And when we were putting this story together, one aspect came through as a regret or concern. “Before Covid, we were free to do anything we wanted to do, and we took this freedom for granted,” was the message that came across strongly to us.

In a way, that makes sense – maybe we did take things for granted. And this realization might help us take a closer look at things that we may have overlooked.

Here’s what some of them had to say.

Mallika Kumar – IT consultant

I took my freedom to travel for granted. Freedom to travel sounds strange, when you actually have the freedom to travel – any time, any place and anybody you wish to travel with. But when the lockdowns kicked in, this freedom to travel was taken away from us. I then realized what it meant to lose that freedom. (Something that I had taken totally for granted.)

Strangely, during that period we did not even have the freedom to get out of home, move around in the city, or even go to office. And that’s when you know what a precious commodity “freedom” really is.

I now look at things like that with renewed respect and consideration. It’s only when something is taken away from you, do you actually feel the difference.

Veena Bhaskaran – interior designer

Sometimes, we took our families for granted. For many years, “work ethic” defined by my generation meant that work came first, no matter what – and there was clearly no alternative. Maybe we ignored, or overlooked a family’s need for quality time together, or the benefits going on a vacation together with your extended family.

Can I blame a force of habit for this? Or a sense of disconnect? No real answers to those questions, but time not spent with the family over many years, is time lost. Forever.

The sad thing here is that our children grow up quickly and if you don’t spend that time with them doing things together, you’ve missed out on that segment of life.

So we really need to be aware of this and see how we can bring family time into the picture.

Gauri Srinivasan – investment advisor

I think we took our health for granted. This is of course is about people who don’t take time off for a break, or a vacation over long spells – years, maybe. You may not see the repercussions of this in initially, but there will be symptoms linked to being stressed and overworked. (Which is certainly not a good place to be.)

So what’s health got to do with a vacation? Everything if you consider the need to take your breaks, where the mind and body get some time to reboot and refresh in a relaxed, or comforting setting.

On my part, I recognized these symptoms early and managed to do a course correction. But I do know people who haven’t moved an inch in this direction. (Not even a brief getaway over the weekend.)

Vinod Prabhu – banking professional

I think we have taken relationships for granted. Somewhere along the way, you also end up taking relationships for granted. These are people you could travel with and spend time with, to rekindle a relationship or catch up on old times.

I got a call this morning from a friend, who’s been more than a friend. He’s been my travel buddy and adventure seeker for years. And when he called me, he asked two questions that got me thinking: Where do you plan to go this summer? Are you ready to experience what it means to travel once again?

At the time of publishing this article, it does seem like Covid-19 and its many avatars are (hopefully) behind us. And the world of travel is slowly gearing up for a revival. It’s still early in the year and we can still make our plans - however big or small they might be.

The world of travel needs people to look ahead with hope, optimism and a sense of adventure. We need people to be looking at freeing their calendars once again.

Guess it’s time to start packing your bags.

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Content Disclaimer: The views expressed in our interviews and stories do not necessarily reflect the official policies, practices and guidelines of the All India Resort Development Association, or its members. These views are based on personal experiences, private opinion, or open source information. (Images used here are either "paid-for" stock photos, images shared by the people we interview, or images under one of the open source licenses such as Creative Commons and others.)

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