Summer travel season is almost here. As you pack your bags and plan your trips, the Citi ThankYou Premier Summer Travel Survey reveals what trends summer travelers can expect. Conducted by Wakefield Research, the survey recently polled 1,000 U.S. adults ages 35-54, reports TravelPulse.
Here’s a glimpse at the survey’s major findings:
Saving Time Off For Summer
Full-time employees stockpile more than one-third (37 percent) of their annual vacation days for the summer season. Another 30 percent earmark half of their vacation days for summer months.
Staying Home for the Holidays
More than half (54 percent) of consumers prefer to travel on non-holiday weekends due to high costs (30 percent) and traffic (47 percent). Only one quarter (25 percent) feel Independence Day is the best summer holiday for travel.
Weekend Getaways Trump Long Vacations
Nearly half the respondents (46 percent) are planning to take a series of weekend trips instead of one great big summer vacation.
Despite the best laid budget plans, nearly 60 percent of those surveyed admit to overspending their summer getaway budget each year.
Hotels Stays Reign Supreme
The majority of travelers plan to stay in hotels (57 percent), followed by with friends or family (27 percent), a homeshare like Airbnb (6 percent) or a bed and breakfast (6 percent).
Are you following any of these summer travel trends? Is there anything you’d add to the mix or do differently?