Despite economic challenges, U.S. consumers define vacation as “essential”
trivago reveals the top destinations for summer travel as consumer study finds 77% of US travelers are dipping into their savings to travel this year.
Despite a looming recession and the rising cost of goods,
Summer 2023: top destinations (US travelers)
Honolulu( USA) Tokyo( Japan) Dubai( UAE) Istanbul( Turkey) Lahaina( USA)
- Antalya (
Turkey) Palm Beach( Aruba) Hong Kong( Hong Kong)
- Belek (
- Paradise Island City (
There’s no stopping travel
Despite the current cost-of-living crisis, 36% view a vacation as essential, followed by 32% who view it as a luxury.
In a follow-up question from previous studies, trivago sought to find what travelers would be willing to give up to take a trip this year. Two-fifths (40%) would stop buying new clothes for six months to help save money to go on vacation. This was followed by using public transportation or walking to work instead of driving a car (38%), giving birthday presents to friends (37%), and not going to a friend's bachelor or bachelorette party (37%). Additionally, 35% would give up their daily cup of coffee for the year, compared to only 21% last year.
Keeping things close
Travelers are searching for shorter stays closer to home this year, with almost three quarters (73%) of
Additionally, consumers shared they are discovering new ways to cut costs by traveling only with carry-on luggage (20%), opening or using a credit card that allows them to travel with points (28%), and booking trips during off-peak seasons (37%).
Compare, compare, compare
As consumers change spending habits, they are becoming smarter about how they spend their money. In fact, a majority indicated they compare hotel prices through different comparison websites (96%). Of these, over three-fifths (61%) have compared prices more over the last 12 months than in previous years.
When deciding where to travel, 61% consider hotel location to be one of the most important factors, followed by value for money (58%). In fact, if a lower-standard hotel had positive customer reviews, 80% would be more likely to stay there.
To further increase savings, trivago recommends the following tips to get the most bang for your buck:
- Watch out for last-minute deals - For short trips and longer holidays alike, watch out for last-minute deals. When closer to the arrival date (less than a week), the stay can be cheaper! Hotel prices are higher when booking too far in advance
- Stay flexible - Try to travel during the off season or stay in alternative destinations just outside of main touristic cities
- Avoid hump day - You’ll pay a higher price when booking your stay on Wednesdays, whereas booking on Sundays can help save a few bucks
- Compare, Compare, Compare - Be sure to compare deals using metasearch engines like trivago to compare prices and find the best offer for you
To learn more, visit trivago.com.
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About the Survey
The survey was deployed online and ran from
About the Summer Travel Trends
Most searched destinations on trivago for 5-day stays (or more) from
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