Remember the staycation? From a sustainability standpoint, it seemed like such a good idea. Instead of taking a CO2-spewing plane to a far away (and expensive destination) a staycation was all about having a good time right there at home.
But a survey of 2,527 U.S. households by marketing and research firms MMGY Global and Harrison Group, reported on in the LA Times, seems to suggest that, penniless or not, Americans are spending more on vacations this year than they did two years ago.Those of us that consider cost and budget before choosing a vacation destination seems to be on the decline (18%), while the group of us dreaming of certain places and then deciding how to get there and pay for it is growing (34%).
More vacationers surveyed this year also said they 'preferred' luxury hotels and resorts, compared to respondents in the last survey of this sort, in 2011.
In the LA Times article, a spokesperson at MMGY Global and Harrison Group said 'staycationers' have decreased from about 30% of trip takers 3 years ago to 25% now.
In the meantime, one trend that isn't changing, at least for now, is what vacationers are truly seeking. In addition to the simple need to escape from the day to day, people on vacation are in pursuit of unique experiences, according to Destination Counsellors International. This search for experience, or the "E Factor" is a driving force in travel, especially baby boomer travelers. Nature and adventure play important roles in sussing out the E Factor, which makes vacations by bicycle, or bicycle touring, a possible future trend.
Travel Oregon wants vacationers to find the E Factor on their bikes.
And of course, where there's biking there tends to be beer drinking. Guided tours by bike through great beer cities seem to be on the rise, and dedicated bicycle touring advocate Ellee Thalheimer will release a book this fall that combines the two pleasures.
Perhaps it is time to let the good times (vacation-wise) roll.