Thanks to all who participated in my latest Weekend Poll. This weekend’s question:
Will you travel and explore the globe this year?
97% of you are planning to travel this year, with 86% planning personal journeys It turns out that, while personal travel isn’t in the cards for some respondents this year, 86% are planning personal journeys. Another 11% of you will be packing your luggage for business/conference purposes, which can also be fulfilling.
Enjoying both domestic and international travel While 11% of respondents will travel solely domestically in 2017, 22% of you plan to focus solely on international travel. 67% of you plan to travel both domestically and internationally this year.
Weather, art, culture and opportunities to relax These are the top factors in respondents’ decisions on which locales they’ll visit … followed by opportunities for professional development.
Investing in experiences While 27% of respondents reported budgeting between $2,501 and $5,000 for this year’s travel, more than half of you are planning to spend more than $5,000 on your 2017 travel. 23% of respondents are planning to spend more than $10,000 on this year’s travel.
Reviews from trusted sources influence your travel planning 54% of respondents reported that it’s reviews from trusted sources that most influence your travel planning. Next up, and also significantly ahead of advertising? 39% of you said that recommendations from friends, family and peers have the greatest influence.
A well travelled group 28% of you have visited between six and 10 countries to date, while 48% of respondents have visited between 11 and 20 countries to this point in time. A full 16% of you have already visited 21 or more countries!
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!
86% of respondents reported that they’re planning personal travel in 2017, up from just shy of 80% in 2016
- 71.5% of respondents reported that they’ve already travelled or made plans for personal travel this year – which is up from 61% last year
- 14% reported that they’ve not yet made travel plans for this year, but that they will
- 11% reported that, while they’ve not made plans for personal travel this year, they will be travelling for business or conference purposes
- 3.5% reported that they’ve not made any such plans
A high percentage of respondents will be travelling near and far
- 67% of respondents reported that they will travel both domestically and internationally, up from 53% in 2016
- 11% reported that they will travel solely domestically, unchanged from last year
- 22% reported that they will travel solely internationally, up from 12% last year
Weather and opportunities to relax topped respondents’ list of single factors that most influence their destination choices
- Climate, weather: 25% of respondents (compared to 28% last year)
- Art, culture: 18.5%, up from 5.5% in 2016
- Relaxation – capacity to decompress in such locales: 18.5% of respondents, down from 28% last year
- Professional development – conference, networking opportunities: 12%, compared to 11% last year
- Adventure: 10% of respondents, compared to 11% last year
- Sense of safety: 6%, up from 0% last year
- Family/friends: 4% of respondents, down from 11% last year
- Travel logistics – 2%, down from 5.5% last year
- 4% of respondents selected “Other”. Comments included seeing sights people have always wanted to see, and “Bucket list!”
Here’s a look at household spending respondents reported for their 2016 travel, with costs identified in US dollars
- $0: 0% of respondents, compared to 6% of you in 2016
- Less than $1,000: 11% of respondents, compared to 0% in 2016
- $1,000 – $2,500: 11% of respondents, compared to 19% of you in 2016
- $2,500 – $5,000: 46% of respondents, compared to 25% of you in 2016
- $5,000 – $10,000: 11% of respondents, compared to 18.5% of you in 2016
- $10,000 – $15,000: 14% of respondents, compared to 18.5% of you in 2016
- $15,000 – $20,000: 3.5% of respondents, compared to 13% of you in 2016
- More than $20,000 US: 3.5% of respondents, compared to 0% in 2016
… and here’s a look at respondents’ 2017 travel budgets
- $0: 0% of respondents, the same percentage as predicted this time last year for 2016 travel
- Less than $1,000: 8% of respondents, compared to 0% for last year’s projections
- $1,000 – $2,500: 11% of respondents, compared to 18% for last year’s projections
- $2,500 – $5,000: 27% of respondents, compared to 38% for last year’s projections
- $5,000 – $10,000: 31% of respondents, compared to 13% for last year’s projections
- $10,000 – $15,000: 19% of respondents, compared to 6% for last year’s projections
- $15,000 – $20,000: 4% of respondents, compared to 25% for last year’s projections
Reviews from a trusted source have the most influence readers’ travel planning
- Reviews from a trusted source: 54% of respondents, compared to 65% of you in 2016
- Recommendations from friends, family, peers: 39% of respondents, compared to 29% of you in 2016
- Advertising, promotion: 4% of respondents, compared to 6% of you in 2016
- 4% selected “Other”, and comments indicated that visiting a locale for the first time was the most influential consideration
How many different countries have you visited to date?
- 2 – 5 countries: 8% of respondents
- 6 – 10 countries: 28% of respondents
- 11 – 15 countries: 24% of respondents
- 16 – 20 countries: 24% of respondents
- 21 – 25 countries: 8% of respondents
- 25 – 30 countries: 4% of respondents
- 31 – 50 countries: 4% of respondents
Where do your peers report they’re planning to travel this year? Check out this list.
- Armenia (“perhaps”)
- Ireland (Republic of)
- Las Vegas
- New Orleans (“NOLA for IAAP’s Summit 2017”)
- New York
- Northern Ireland
- South America
- Washington, DC
- “We have a family home that we now own that we can enjoy any time we want”
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.
- Cook Islands
- France (including “southern France”)
- Hong Kong
- Kaliningrad District
- Las Vegas
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- South Pacific
- United Kingdom (UK)
- USA (including “road trip across USA”)