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5/21: Less Than Half of Americans to Vacation This Summer


5/21: Less Than Half of Americans to Vacation This Summer

Fewer than half of all Americans — 49% — plan on taking a summer vacation this year.  When Marist last posed this question two years ago, 63% reported they were hitting the road.



Annual household income currently plays a large role here. Just 38% of residents earning less than $50,000 a year will be taking a trip within the next few months.  This compares with 57% who make between $50,000 and $99,999 annually and 77% of those who earn $100,000 or more.  Those living in the Midwest and South have been the hardest hit.

Included in the 49% who are lucky enough to get away this summer, 23% say they are going to take one or more long getaways while 21% report they are going to enjoy several shorter weekend trips.  Just 5% are planning both or have some other type of holiday in mind.  In 2007, 28% of Americans took at least one long vacation, and 35% enjoyed shorter stints away from home.  37% stayed at home.

Once again, money currently impacts travel decisions.  Americans with larger salaries are more likely to take longer getaways.  39% of residents making $100,000 or more annually are planning at least one long vacation.  This compares with 27% earning between $50,000 and $99,999 a year and 14% of those in a lower income bracket.

More than one-third of Americans — 35% — report they have changed their travel plans to specifically save money.  65% of residents nationally, however, report that’s not their intent.  And, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of vacation spending, nearly four in ten Americans — 37% — are planning to spend less money this year compared with their last vacation.  Half report they will spend the same while just 13% report they will shell out more.

Table: Plan on Taking a Summer Vacation

Table: Summer Vacation History

Table: Length of Vacation

Table: Changed Plans to Save Money

Table: Vacation Spending

Marist Poll Methodology

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    June 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    The economy has certainly hit the tourism sector hard, it doesn’t surprise me at all. What I am surprised about is that this hasn’t had much of an effect on prices where I usually go on vacation – we’ve had some big price hikes over the years, but even this summer there has been a small increase in the cost of renting a holiday apartment on the coast.

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    May 28, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    Travel with kids, travel prepared It is good to have your kids with you when you travel; this would surely open their eyes to a lot more of new knowledge and discovery. When you bring along your kids in your trips, this is not only a way of bringing them close to your heart but also through this, your child would definitely make him or her more aware about the world around him or her. Well, when kids are with you, you need to be more prepared because as we all know they have special needs and we have to respond to such needs. With the tips provided below, it would surely help you get yourself prepared for the entire travel. You have to bring with you some of the most useful things you could carry with you as you travel and as you reach destinations: • Band-Aids • antiseptic hand gel • small tissue packs • sun screen • Dr.’s phone numbers • Tylenol – children’s & adults • a rubber door stop can provide extra security for a hotel room door • small plug in nightlight – to help find the bathroom in the middle of the night * These things re for the activities you could have together in order not get bored and to get their attention fully • Crayons • mechanical pencils • highlighter – good for word search games • paper • deck of cards • zip lock bags (collecting shells, storing food, wet clothes) * These are other things for travel uses: • sun glasses • hats/visors • light weight wind breaker • umbrella • camera with extra film • keep a photo of your child in your wallet – incase you loose them in a crowed area • extra copy of birth certificates, photo id, travel reservations, airline tickets With these pointers in mind, you would not surely miss the thrill and the fun, you would also be able to good at preparing for traveling like from the simple trips to those that require loads of planning.

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    March 14, 2010 at 1:17 PM

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    November 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    After Obama appointment as a president there was a hope trhat the things will be improving special finances but it seems that its of no use.The iraq and Afghanistan war is draining america and resulting in big troubles.Yesterday Dubai govt financial institute got bank corrupt and again downfall started

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    September 23, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    I’m one of the americans who won’t take vacations this year…but not only amercians but everywhere it’s hard due to economic crisis. We don’t have to complaint, south american is even worse that us.

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    September 6, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Life is indeed a bit harder for Americans and everybody else around the world right now. It is no surprise that many people are not buying things they would normally buy without much thought before, going on family vacations, etc. Though there are some who are creative enough to think about “staycations”.

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    August 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    i think ongoing economic downfall is a major reason of this trend.Here in girona i am working as a guide and this year there is major decrease in number of visitors not only from America but through out from world.

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    June 29, 2009 at 4:03 AM

    Yes, I also confirm that the trend of American tourists in italy, especially here in Rome, it was almost halved.

    Fortunately Rome is so unique that it will never suffer an excessive decline of visits from around the world.

    However, this crisis is slowing the U.S. economy a lot and then around the world.

    Thanks for the interesting post.
    good job.

  9. liecette

    June 5, 2009 at 7:23 AM

    I didn’t have vacation this year. It’s pretty hard to meet ends, so much more to afford the luxury of having. Instead of spending a couple of grands for traveling, I allocated them to more useful and productive stuffs, like adding it up to my savings or buying food or paying bills.

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