Though many of us would rather not think about it, fall is just around the corner. While we scramble to get that last-minute summer vacation in, some travelers are itching for a big fall trip. Wait…what?! Yep, you heard it right, while summer travel is winding down in the next few weeks, fall travel is gearing up – and more people than ever are planning to travel later in the year to places that are a little unexpected.
While personally I don’t always see fall as the ideal travel time, may people do. Why? Well, for starters, this traditionally cooler time of year boasts less crowds and bigger deals on travel. In fact, according to a survey by Ruf Strategic Solutions on behalf of Travel Guard, 96 percent of consumers polled planned to travel for leisure this fall and for 66 percent of these people, the trip does NOT replace a traditional summer vacation – they simply prefer this time of year.
So, what makes late season travel so attractive? Fall colors? Cool temperatures? Maybe. But nearly half of respondents note huge deals and promotions as the deciding factor in planning fall travel, while 32 percent cited dwindling crowds which means more quality time at big-name attractions without the hassle. And, if you think most of this travel might be a quick fall get away somewhere in the U.S., you’d be wrong. Many travelers are going the distance to Europe (55 percent,) as well as the Caribbean and Mexico (26 percent) to make the most of their fall travel plans. What could be better than the cultural lore for a foreign country or a virtual paradise with no one else around?
Although deals are still driving many purchase decisions, budgets for fall travel are far from slim. In fact, 47 percent of those polled anticipate spending $2,000 – 4,999 on their trip, while 27 percent plan to spend up to a whopping $10,000.
Are you planning a fall trip? If so, does it replace a summer vacation and where are you headed?