And I Thought We Were All Staying Home
Gas is through the roof! Air travel is a nightmare! We're all doing stayvacations this year!
Nah, not really, according to a survey conducted by Visa that was released last Thursday.
The credit card company surveyed 1,000 card holders who have traveled outside of the United States during the past three years. And 63 percent said they were equally willing or more willing to travel now compared with a year ago. About half said they were likely to take a trip abroad in the next 20 months. But those travelers said they were most likely to visit Canada or Mexico.
The breakdown? Forty-six percent of those who plan to travel out of the United States said they planned to go to Canada and 45 percent to Mexico. Then there was a sharp dropoff, with 28 percent saying they planned a trip to the United Kingdom, 27 percent to Italy and 24 percent to France, which tied with the Bahamas as a destination choice. (Obviously, some plan to take multiple trips).
Those who said they weren't going to travel abroad cited the cost of travel (54 percent) and the state of the economy (49 percent). But they're not all staying home: Forty-nine percent said they weren't going aboard because they planned to travel to a vacation destination within the United States.
I'm sure the survey's results would have been very different had it also included those who haven't traveled abroad in the past three years. But then you'd be including a contingent who don't travel, period.
Would your travel plans be in line with this survey? Or is staying at home more likely this year?
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