Goodbye, staycation. Hello, anywhere else. According to a recent Priceline survey, 83 percent of Americans prefer taking a vacation away from home this year.
"Staycations were popular between 2007 and 2010, when economic uncertainty had many Americans concerned about their finances and their jobs,” said Priceline's Travel Ekspert, Brian Ek, in a recent press release. "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."
In a Hartford Courant article, reporter Korky Vann says about staycations, "Without careful organization though, it can turn into a week hanging around the house doing chores and watching 'Top Chef' reruns."
And these travelers have no intentions of sitting on their couches.
According to the survey results, travelers are aware that travel costs have continued to increase:
- 45 percent said airfare has risen in the last five years
- 20 percent blame high prices on gasoline
- 15 percent blame high prices on hotel room rates
- 9 percent blame high prices on theme parks and other family attractions
The surveyors are combating travel prices with these techniques:
- 31 percent drive nonstop to their destination
- 16 percent pack food into their suitcases and coolers to save on takeout and restaurant expenses
- 12 percent take advantage of free hotel continental breakfast choices
- 11 percent sleep in their cars
The survey also showed that mothers are 30 percent more likely to plan the family destination. Sixty percent are more likely to decide how much vacation money will be spent.