Nearly One Third of Travelers Will Spend More on Leisure Travel this Summer

TripAdvisor recently announced the results of its annual summer travel survey of more than 2,300 U.S. respondents. The vast majority of U.S. travelers plan to take leisure trips this summer (91%), up slightly from 89% in 2009. Eighty percent of travelers will take seven or more days of vacation this summer, and only 11% of travelers say the recent volatility in the stock market impacts their plans.

According to TripAdvisor site data, the top-​searched destinations for hotels in the U.S. this summer are New York City, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and San Francisco.

Nearly a third of travelers (31%) plan to spend more on summer travel this year, while 42% will spend the same amount as last year.  Nearly half (49%) said the economy does not affect their summer travel plans overall.

Travelers take summer vacation preparation seriously. The number one personal priority is to purchase new clothes (55%), followed by getting a haircut (53%), and plans to diet (25%). A total of 14% of travelers get some kind of body hair waxed before taking off on a summer trip.

Sixty-​two percent of travelers surveyed will travel somewhere new this summer, with a total of 44% taking on both new and old destinations. Fifty-​three percent plan to get their summer kicks visiting a city, while 45% will be headed for the ocean, and 22% will relax at a resort.

Top 10 U.S. Destinations for Beach & Sun for 2010

TripAdvisor also recently announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards, including the best for Beach & Sun, based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers on TripAdvisor​.com. The winners were determined by a combination of travelers' destination comments, favorite places, and overall destination popularity on TripAdvisor.

  1. Myrtle Beach, SC
  2. San Diego, CA
  3. Poipu, HI
  4. Cape May, NJ
  5. Clearwater, FL
  6. Sanibel Island, FL
  7. Sarasota, FL
  8. Destin, FL
  9. Wailea, HI
  10. Honolulu, HI
[Source:  "Annual summer travel survey." TripAdvisor. 25 May 2010.  Web.  4 Jun. 2010.]