With the Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, it’s not surprising that many Americans are looking to get in an end-of-summer trip or planning a fall getaway. But nearly two-thirds of Americans say that they don’t get enough time off and want more, according to a survey by Choice Hotels.
Respondents have a very good idea of what they would do with that extra vacation time. Simply relaxing is at the top of the list (58%), while spending time with friends and family came in a close second (49%).
Many folks want to travel when they have time off. Exploring cities is the agenda for 42% of survey takers, while 37% said they were drawn to the beach. Communing with nature is how 31% would spend the time off.
No vacation time? Get creative!
However, many Americans have used up their vacation days by now. But that’s not stopping them. One in five respondents said they would come up with an excuse to get more time off and get in some last minute summertime or fall fun.
Some of the excuses they came up with were the old standards including my flight was canceled; the car broke down; and I am having a family emergency. While others came up with far more exotic and creative excuses, including a garbage truck is on fire at the end of my driveway and the dog hid my car keys.
The 2013 End-of-Summer/Fall Travel Study was conducted by Research Now and commissioned by Choice Hotels. Researchers interviewed 1,200 adults in August to find out their attitudes on travel and downtime, as well as their travel plans.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. includes 6,200 hotels, in the United States, as well as over 30 other countries and U.S. territories. They also have a rewards program called Choice Privileges, which has 18 million members worldwide.