Vacation traveling habits of Americans

August 1, 2014 |

New data released by the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries found that although Americans are spending less time and money on global travel, they’re still going abroad. According to Skift, U.S. residents are finding time to travel despite having far fewer vacation days than what those in other countries, more specifically Europe, get.

The data found that 61.9 million Americans went on international travel in 2013, an increase of 2 percent from the previous year. However, the amount of time they spent in foreign countries decreased to 18.1 nights while the amount of cash also went down by 1 percent to $1,559 per person. According to the data, money spent on flights dropped to an average of $1,370 per person in 2013, a decrease of 4 percent.

The number of international trips decreased from 2012 to an average of 2.6 and the average booking for airfare occurred 68 days before the trip. When Americans travel internationally, they go shopping, dining, visiting historic sites and sightseeing.

Skit reported that the most popular destinations among U.S. residents were Mexico and Canada with 20.9 million and 12 million visitors, respectively. There were 2.6 million travelers to the U.K., 2 million to France and 1.8 million to Italy.

Of those who went abroad, 50 percent did so for vacation, 27 percent made overseas trips to visit family and friends and 11 percent for business travel.

Tips for keeping your home safe while on vacation

For those that will be heading out on vacation, protecting belongings is important but there are steps you can take and gadgets to use that can help to keep you home and personal items safe:

  • Independent Traveler suggests asking a friend for help looking after your home while you’re away. This will give a greater peace of mind knowing that you can reach out to them if you get worried about something like leaving the oven on, for example.
  • It’s important that you don’t advertise your vacation on social media websites like Facebook. This is the perfect way to let potential burglars know that you’re going to be gone and no one is in the home. Rather than posting your pictures as you go, wait until you get home to share them with friends and family on the Internet.
  • Leave a light on in your home to make it look like someone is there. This is surprisingly deterrent for criminals because they won’t know for sure if anyone is there or not. It’s also a good idea to stop your mail before you leave for vacation, unless a trusted friend or family member will be stopping by daily to pick it up for you. Letting your mailbox get full will let criminals know that you’re gone.
  • People know what others use to hide their spare keys. Most people don’t have decorative rocks just sitting on their front porch for no reason, so before you head out, be sure to put that extra key away.