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Survey Says Americans Are Least Likely to Take Overseas Vacations

Dec. 11, 2018
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Just 14% of Americans are likely to travel overseas for a vacation, according to a new survey by Priority Pass, a company that provides members with airport lounge access around the world.

That’s less than half the average (32%) of the survey respondents expected to go abroad to vacation. Instead, 45% of American respondents said they will likely vacation within the U.S.

More than 10,000 people from nine countries were surveyed. Here are three other travel-spending habits the survey revealed about American vacationers.

Americans are the least likely to use cash gifts for travel

If a U.S. respondent was given $300 as a gift, they were the least likely group of survey respondents to use it to pay for a trip.

Mexican and United Kingdom respondents were the most likely to use the gift to cash in on a trip.

Americans value dining out

Twenty-one percent of American respondents said dining out is their favorite activity. That’s almost twice as high as the global average of 11%, and five times as high as what Russian correspondents reported (4%).

But, if the dining out money is gifted or spent on a special meal with friends and family, the global average goes up.

Americans travel less but spend more

Americans spend a lot on travel, and the survey concluded they spend more than the average on all types of travel. Americans also had the highest average spending amount — about $1,600 — on overseas business travel.

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Furthermore, U.S. respondents were the least likely to share leisure travel memories and business travel updates on social media. They were also the least likely to recommend hotels, airports, airlines and transportation services.

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