Weekend Poll Results: Your 2016 Travel Plans & Dream Locales

Thanks to all who participated in my latest weekend poll.  This weekend’s question:

Will you travel and explore the globe this year?

It turns out that, while personal travel isn’t in the cards for some respondents this year, almost 80% are planning personal journeys. Read on to see what your peers have to say; perhaps you may cross paths with your fellow readers this year. You may also pick up ideas for locales you’d not heard of or considered until now!

Almost 80% of respondents reported that they’re planning personal travel in 2016

  • 61% of respondents reported that they’ve already made plans for personal travel this year
  • 16.5% reported that they’ve not made any such plans
  • 16.5% reported that they’ve not yet made travel plans for this year, but that they will
  •  6% selected “Other”; on respondent wrote, “Only for travel on EUMA-business”

A high percentage of respondents will be travelling near and far

  • 53% of respondents reported that they will travel both domestically and internationally
  • 29% reported that they will travel solely domestically
  • 12% reported that they will travel solely internationally
  •  6% selected “Other”; one respondent wrote, “probably neither!”

Weather and opportunities to relax topped respondents’ list of single factors that most influence their destination choices

  • Climate, weather: 28% of respondents
  • Relaxation – capacity to decompress in such locales: 28% of respondents
  • Adventure: 11% of respondents
  • Family/friends: 11% of respondents
  • Professional development – conference, networking opportunities: 11%
  • Art, culture: 5.5%
  • Other: 5.5%; one respondent wrote, “Travel time/connections”

Here’s a look at household spending respondents reported for their 2015 travel, with costs identified in US dollars

  • $0: 6% of respondents
  • $1,000 – $2,500: 19% of respondents
  • $2,500 – $5,000: 25% of respondents
  • $5,000 – $10,000: 18.5% of respondents
  • $10,000 – $15,000: 18.5% of respondents
  • $15,000 – $20,000: 13% of respondents

… and here’s a look at respondents’ 2016 travel budgets

  • $1,000 – $2,500: 18% of respondents
  • $2,500 – $5,000: 38% of respondents
  • $5,000 – $10,000: 13% of respondents
  • $10,000 – $15,000: 6% of respondents
  • $15,000 – $20,000: 25% of respondents

65% of respondents cite reviews from a trusted source as most likely to influence their travel planning 

  • Reviews from a trusted source: 65% of respondents
  • Recommendations from friends, family, peers: 29%
  • Advertising, promotion: 6%

Where do your peers report they’re planning to travel this year? Check out this list.

  • Alberta
  • BC (British Columbia)
  • Brazil
  • California
  • Canada
  • Copenhagen
  • Edinburgh
  • Florida
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Illinois
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kelowna
  • Mackenzie
  • Malaysia
  • Nevada
  • Portugal
  • Quebec City
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Singapore
  • Southeast Asia
  • Spain
  • Stockholm
  • Thailand
  • UK
  • USA
  • Utah
  • Washington, DC
  • “possibly the US”
  • “?”

What locales are on respondents’ wish list? Have a look at the spots people said they’d visit if time and money were no object

  • Arctic
  • Australia
  • Bali
  • Barbados
  • Bora Bora
  • Cambodia
  • Caribbean
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Estonia
  • Europe
  • Far East
  • Fiji
  • Greece
  • Hawaii
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • New Zealand
  • New York/New York City
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Southeast Asia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • “The Moon”
  • UK

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