If a tight budget or a shift in thinking has made your backyard barbecue your farthest and most exotic travel destination this holiday weekend, you are not alone. Many Americans are re-thinking the family vacation based on both costs and concerns for the environment.
According to a new CNN/ Research Opinion poll, 1 in 4 Americans have chosen to spend their Memorial Day holiday closer to home due to the current high price of gas. With each gallon costing nearly a dollar more than at the same time last year, families — particularly those in lower-income households — can’t afford the financial hit of a distant getaway.
A 2011 poll conducted by Trip Advisor shows vacation destinations this year trending toward the more family-oriented, with a high percentage of Americans planning local and nature-experience outdoor destinations:
Top five types of family trips in 2011:
- Beach destination – 57%
- City trip – 39%
- Amusement park / theme park – 23%
- Cultural trip – 21%
- Camping / outdoors trip – 17%
Climbing prices and affordability in a weak economy are having other effects on vacation ideas. This year, a survey by Lloyd’s TBS Insurance showed the newly popular travel trend of house-swapping was on the rise, with “an estimated 1.6 million people are on course to arrange a house swap this year, double the number that did it last year…”
With an eye to conservationism as well as cost, more Americans are also choosing “Green Travel” which focuses on responsible and sustainable vacation practices such as choosing destinations closer to home, eating locally and organically, opting for eco-friendly hotels and car rentals, and even volunteer vacations.
What did you choose to do with this long weekend – or the coming summer vacation?
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