Expedia's 23rd-annual Vacation Deprivation report reveals that
Singaporeans are feeling the impact of inflation, with 82% feeling
impacted by rising costs.
However, despite this, vacation deprivation levels in Singapore have
dropped more than 10% – the largest in recent years – indicating that
Singapore's working adults are finding ways to navigate travel barriers
in their personal lives and workplace.
The report polled more than 14,500 people across 16 countries, with 500 respondents from Singapore.
Lesser vacation deprivation
According to the report, 58% of Singaporean adults report feeling
vacation deprived, down from 69% in 2021. This substantial drop is a
result of Singaporeans being more resilient in the face of rising costs,
with 37% planning to take just as many vacations as they usually do and
47% planning to take more vacations. Additionally, 20% of Singaporean
travelers pledged to travel "no matter what" in 2023.
Moreover, 96% of Singaporeans believe they deserve to take time off
work, and vacations are a basic right. Vacations are more beneficial to
their happiness (93%) than other luxuries such as fine-dining or
shopping, and vacations are essential for general health and well-being
When it comes to travel booking, 72% of Singaporean travelers noted
feeling stressed as they were unsure whether they were getting a good
Singaporeans looking for flexibility
The report also reveals that Singaporean workers are looking for
flexibility in the workplace for their well-being. On average,
Singaporeans received 17 days of annual leave in 2022, the least among
workers in the region. Singaporeans also took fewer days off than most
other markets, using only 14.5 vacation days on average.
Furthermore, 58% of Singaporeans admitted being too busy at work to
use all their vacation days each year, while 62% found it hard to
"unplug" from work.
While 47% of Singapore workers acknowledged the usefulness of a
vacation on improving their mental health, only 33% said their employers
allowed or supported paid mental health days.
In general, Asia Pacific employers are less likely to allow or
support paid mental health days (45%), except for those in Hong Kong
(71%). However, the inclusion of paid mental health days encourages
Singaporeans to take a much-needed break, with 42% reporting taking at
least one day off to focus on their mental health in 2023.
A vast majority (84%) of Singaporeans would like their companies to
alter their time-off policies. Lastly, 83% of Singaporeans would like
their workplace to adopt a four-day workweek, with 54% looking to use
that extra time for personal appointments and projects and 29% hoping to
have more time for travel.