For many travelers, there’s no vacation from a rough economy. Nearly three of five people have changed their summer travel plans due to the financial climate, according to a new online poll by CoastalLiving.com and CNNMoney.com. But this isn’t necessarily the year of the "staycation."
The survey also showed that most respondents are still planning to take a trip this year. However, they aren’t able or willing to disconnect from the office―more than 55 percent stay in touch with work, even on vacation. The poll, which included responses from 2,848 people, indicated that travelers are coping with the recession in a variety of ways. Three-quarters say they plan to save money by cutting back on activities, eating out less, forgoing shopping, or using coupons. One in five are staying closer to home, and one in eight are taking shorter trips.
The results back up recent reports from the travel industry noting soft demand for hotels and flights. For example, Hawaiian hotels have been heavily discounting rooms in an attempt to bring in more visitors, reports the Associated Press. Likewise, many of those surveyed said they plan to alter their typical vacation plans. While nearly 65 percent say they typically stayed in a hotel for vacation, of those traveling this year, the figure dropped to about 40 percent. Instead, travelers say they are more likely to stay with friends or family, or not take a vacation.
Meanwhile, the definition of vacation seems to be changing. More than a quarter say they stayed in touch with the office while they were away either through e-mail or a portable electronic device, such as an iPhone or Blackberry. Another 8 percent called in. And 21 percent used both methods. A lucky 44 percent say they didn’t bother to check in at the office. The results were gathered from an online survey posted on CoastalLiving.com and promoted on CNNMoney.com from May 14 to 26, 2009.