From a fulfilled life to supporting the economy, here are the three biggest reasons to travel:
Did you Know…
When you travel domestically you help support 5.5 million American jobs. According to the U.S. Travel Association, in 2018, Americans took 1.8 billion domestic leisure trips and spent $650 billion doing so. And no matter what generation you belong to, top reasons to travel include everything from avoiding burnout to being asked to go on a trip by friends and family.
Depending on where you live in the United States see if you are motivated by the same things your neighbors are.
Most millenials went on vacation in 2018 because a friend or family member asked them. Even though they are probably the most socially interactive online generation, this group holds personal interaction in high regard. Through personal interaction, stronger bonds are made, and space for new relationships can be made.
While Generation X and Baby Boomers feel the same, they are most concern about burn out. Sixty-three percent of Genxers and 55% of Baby Boomers cited burn out as the #1 reason that motivated them to travel. Taking vacations gives them an excellent way to avoid being overworked and part of a more productive workforce.
The Three Biggest Reasons to Travel
Research has proven that vacation time is essential for strong bonds, a productive workforce and a fulfilled life.
More than half of Americans leave vacation time on the table every year. In 2018, this accumulated to about 768 million days. The research goes on to show that, “…employees who forfeit their vacation days do not perform as well as those who use all their time. While they may believe sacrificing vacation time will get them ahead, these employees are less likely than non-forfeiters to have been promoted within the last year (23% to 27%) and to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years (78% to 84%). So it actually pays, in some circumstances, to take vacation days.
Plus, there is an opportunity to further grow domestic leisure travel, based on paid time off (PTO) and vacation usage trends. More than half of Americans (55%) are still not using all their paid time off. And of those workers using their days off, they are spending just a portion of them to travel and see the USA. In 2018, American workers failed to use 768 million days of PTO—a 9% increase from 2017.
You can explore more of these stats that examine America’s vacation behaviors here.
In a nutshell
Utilizing the benefits of traveling domestically can have positive effects all around.
1 – Avoiding burn out
2 – Making strong bonds with others
3 – Supporting the American economy
Mark your calendar for January 28, 2020 for National Plan for Vacation Day and start making plans to travel.