Since the economy took a turn for the worst, staycations have been a popular way for families to have somewhat of a vacation. I hesitate to even call it that really as a vacation isn’t much of a vacation without getting away in the literal sense of the world. Now that the economy has started to pick up, it seems as though the staycation is dead. According to a newly released survey from Priceline, 83% of Americans have said that they intend to take a vacation away from home this year. In past years that number fell between the 30% and 50% mark, so this is a big change! According to Priceline’s Travel Expert, Brian Ek,
“Staycations were popular between 2007 and 2010, when economic uncertainty had many Americans concerned about their finances and their jobs, but anyone who’s tried a staycation finds out very quickly that it’s not very relaxing. There isn’t that clean break with everyday responsibilities and activities, like checking in at the office and doing household chores. A vacation away from home lets people truly disconnect from the daily grind and recharge.”
I couldn’t agree more. A staycation is not a vacation, nor is it relaxing. By far is it relaxing…
This doesn’t mean that Americans are throwing caution to the wind when it comes to booking their travels. The cost of travel has risen significantly with airfare making the biggest dent in our credit cards. The survey found that Americans are becoming more creative when it comes to saving money.
- 31% have driven nonstop to their destination,
- 16% have packed a week’s worth of food into a suitcase and cooler,
- 12% have stretched the day’s food budget by smuggling free hotel breakfast items, and
- 11% have slept in their cars.
#1 rings true for me, however the other three are a little more on the extreme side. Do people really smuggle free hotel breakfast items? Sleeping in the car might be something for a single, or even a couple, but a family? I don’t know about that…
The survey pointed out another fact, one that we know all too well. Moms are 30% more likely than Dads to plan out the trip’s itinerary and 60% more likely to decide how the vacation money is to be spent. In our case, that rings true 100%!
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