October 16, 2012 4:04 am
The 2012 Holiday Travel Buy-havior Report points out the following:
-43 percent of consumers aren't traveling this holiday season, almost double to those expecting to travel more than 200 miles (28 percent).
-Of those who responded that they weren't traveling, 50 percent cite not enough vacation time, traveling with children, and expenses as deterrents from making travel plans.
-Only 17 percent of consumers are able to take longer than a week of vacation for holiday travel.
-Almost 60 percent of respondents said if they had the chance, they'd escape the urban jungle and go to a tropical paradise (43 percent), a snow-covered location (12 percent) or national park (5 percent).
-Only 12 percent of those that responded will spend over $1,000 on holiday travel. 52 percent expect to spend between $100-1,000 on travel between now and the New Year.
-11 percent aren't waiting for deals because they want their travel plans locked down and booked.
In light of these survey results, here are some tips for consumers looking to gain an edge over the holiday travel season:
Travel on non-shopping days—similar to the shopping crush and congested retail parking lots, more people are going to be traveling after work hours and Fridays through Sundays. If you can, opt instead to travel on Tuesday through Thursday.
Go online, instead of in line—if you're traveling out of town for the holidays, then buy those gifts online and ship ahead to your destination.
Find parking and transportation coupons—many people aren't aware that there are coupons and discounts through travel sites for parking lots, shuttle services, and rental cars.
If your suitcase is full, gift card it—if you know that you won't have room for those gifts in your suitcases before you buy them, then save yourself the hassle and just buy gift cards.
Stop at the roadside shops—for those traveling by car, the quirky little shops off the highways usually offer one-of-a-kind items that make a lasting impression.
Published with permission from RISMedia.