9/3: There’s No Place Like Home…Vacations Dubbed “Disasters”

September 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Living, Travel, Travel Trove

Summer is winding down, and for those lucky enough to have travelled this season, that means carrying memories of tropical, exotic, and/or relaxing destinations.

©istockphoto.com/Mark Hatfield

©istockphoto.com/Mark Hatfield

But, are those memories always good ones? Not for one-fifth of Americans.  That’s the proportion of residents nationwide who say they have been on a disaster vacation at some point in their lives.  Most — 80% — however, report they have not experienced a “disaster” trip.

What caused those miserable memories?  23% blame the weather, and the same proportion cites the people with whom they went.  With 15%, illness is named as the number three reason. And, rounding out the top five are accommodations with 10% and transportation with 9%.  Destination, crime, and food follow with 7%, 6%, and 1%, respectively.

Table: Had Disaster Vacation/Reason

Marist Poll Methodology

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5 Responses to “9/3: There’s No Place Like Home…Vacations Dubbed “Disasters””

  1. Pencil Christmas Tree on December 7th, 2009 9:19 pm

    One of the worst vacations we had was due to my dad choosing the location from a magazine ad. It looked great in the ad, but the reality was far from the image this place portrayed. The toilet leaked, the tub didn’t hold water, there was at least one light bulb missing from the lamps, the dresser drawers didn’t close because they were no longer level, and there were even what looked like bullet holes in the backboard above the bed. Sounds like a flea bag motel, but this was supposed to be a quality location.

  2. Lila Calder on December 22nd, 2010 5:42 pm

    A lot of people don’t prepare properly for their holidays, from hotel rooms to car rental and that plays a big part in in how you remember your vacation.

  3. Samuel on January 31st, 2011 2:58 pm

    When going on holiday keep your passport and flight tickets secure. If you lose these you are in trouble and a holiday becomes a hassle. Great site by the way. Some interesting information to take on board.

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  5. Monica Remini on July 6th, 2011 2:44 am

    I believe proper planning is the key to have a great vacation. Set an itinerary and follow it as close as you can. Remember to put some contingencies in that itinerary just in case things don’t turn out as you intended. So make sure you have a plan B and a plan C. As stated before, make sure things like you airline tickets, your hotel room, and car rental is taken care of well in advance. And above all else, have the right mindset. Be determined to have a relaxed, fun time even if a couple things don’t turn out right. After all, it’s vacation…it’s got to be way better than being at work.

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