Survey Reveals Travelers’ Vacation Habits

Survey provides insight into vacationers spending priorities

A survey of vacationers’ travel habits reveals that only 24 percent of travelers would give up their annual vacations because of money worries. Some 60 percent of respondents said they would cut back on fine dining, and 44 percent would cut back on eating out instead of scrapping their vacation budgets.

Commissioned by Wyndham Hotel Group, the survey asked 5,600 people in the U.S, U.K., China, and Brazil about their holiday spending habits. The research found that the largest proportion of holiday spending outside of hotel spending is allocated to excursions (37 percent) followed by shopping and dining out (23 percent).

Some 37 percent of U.S. travelers and 42 percent of Chinese travelers plan to spend the bulk of this year’s vacation budget on entertainment and excursions, while 37 percent of U.K. travelers put dining out at the top of their list and 40 percent of Brazilian travelers put shopping at the top of their budget.

When asked what hotel extras they would be most willing to pay more for while on vacation, U.S. travelers ranked a hotel in a better location as their top choice, followed by a great view, and access to spa facilities, while travelers in Brazil ranked great customer service and breakfast as the highest reasons to pay more.

This latest survey follows the hotel group’s survey in May, which revealed who steals the hotel slippers and who takes the longest trips.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.