Hotels.com reveals summer travel trends

A recent Hotels.com survey has discovered how Americans plan to vacation
this year.

Among those polled who are planning a vacation, nearly two-thirds (63%)
will be staying at a hotel or other kind of rental property, such as a
condo or resort. Despite tough economic times, only 33% plan to stay with
friends and family.

Fifty-two per cent of those polled note they’re looking for added perks and
benefits more often than they did 12 months ago. Breakfast is a favorite
complimentary offering with 87% surveyed taking advantage of this added
perk when they travel.

Two fifths of those polled think it will be more expensive to travel this
year than last, while 18% feel it will be less expensive. Twenty-two per
cent feel costs will be about the same.

Carl Sparks, general manager of Hotels.com, said: “Properties continue to
offer incredible rates and other incentives to add substantial value to the
stay; this is the season of the great deal. In addition, with gas prices
lower now compared to this time last year, travelers can incur a lower
overall cost of getting to and from their destination.”

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While many Americans continue to watch their spending habits more carefully
in all areas - including travel - there are many options to keep a vacation
budget in check. Sparks added that planning carefully and choosing the
right property can play a large role in keeping a lid on expenses. He also
suggests booking early, rather than waiting for a better a rate, as prices
could increase. Moreover, planning carefully and reading reviews to get
other travellers perspectives on potential properties will also help
contribute to a successful vacation.