@anika987 like you I thrive when I have good friends around to hang out and spend time with. For some people this might not be a priority as their focus is on their families. Different people have different needs. So ignore what others say, if you need to spend summer vacation in India do so. Regarding your work life, since finances aren't an issue try finding a job which gives you flexibility to take longer vacations( teaching assistant , things like that).. Saying this because there is a chance you might make good friends through work that might make u feel less lonely.