“In the U.S. sales of camping accessories and equipment have remained stable, up 0.2% for the 12 months ending March 2019 compared to the same timeframe year ago, according to The NPD Group. However, sales of camp accessories that bring the comforts of home to the great outdoors have steadily increased, accounting for most of the growth.”
“If you’re planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines.”
“Last year, two-thirds (66%) of Americans took at least one trip shorter than five nights, driven by younger generations (72% of millennials and 69% of Gen X’ers, vs. 60% baby boomers), according to a new Ipsos poll. For some, these short breaks are the longest vacations they take: about three in ten Americans (29%) indicated their longest trip last year was lasted less than five nights.”
With temperatures warming up across the country, the countdown to summer travel season has officially begun. This year, as travelers start scouting out destinations, they’re picking places where they can feel good and do good at the same time.
“Valassis, a leader in activating consumers through intelligent media delivery, today released new research analyzing consumer behavior related to tax season. Stemming from a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. respondents who expect to receive a tax refund in 2019, the findings note that more than half (53%) are anticipating receiving the same, or more, money this year.”
InsureMyTrip, the travel insurance authority, today announced the results of its annual cruise survey. The new poll of roughly 1,440 U.S. respondents reveals that getting sick or injured before or during a cruise remains the top concern for travelers. Health-related issues also led the majority of travel insurance claims for cruise vacations.
Many have said it and many more have thought it and seven in ten Americans (69%) say that sometimes, an isolated cabin in the woods without internet and cable TV seems like the perfect lifestyle. Here’s why.
Americans suffering from a “vacation deficit” are nearly two times as likely to show signs of moderately severe to severe depression compared to the national average, according to the tenth annual Allianz Global Assistance Vacation Confidence Index. “Vacation deficit” identifies those who think that a vacation is important but are not confident they will take one this year.
Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a family-owned home service company with an A+ rating by the BBB, recommends utilizing smart home automation features before leaving for vacation. Owner Joseph Giannone says, “When the home is left vacant, utilities and overall security can remain a concern. Fortunately, smart home technology continues to advance and can provide real solutions for to put vacationers at ease.”
With its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10% of Americans admit to going over budget while on vacation last year, and those who did, on average, overspent by 27% ($534).
While Americans are growing more familiar with sharing economy services, the intention to use these services is declining in favor of more traditional services. According to the fourth annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance, 53% of Americans declared they are either “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to use sharing economy services during their 2018 summer travels.
Imagine being stuck in traffic on a 90-degree day when your vehicle’s air conditioning system malfunctions. With summer heating up, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and have their A/C system checked to make sure it is working properly.