When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don’t, then you are officially vacation deprived. And you’re not alone.
Research from Expedia’s 2017 Vacation Deprivation report shows that millennials are the most vacation-deprived age group and that people who live in urban areas reported being more vacation deprived than those who lived in suburban or rural areas.
What’s causing the vacation deprivation?
Not surprisingly, time and money — or lack thereof — were two of the most common reasons people reported not using their vacation. Another large group of respondents said that even when they find time to go on vacation, they struggle to unplug. A quarter said they still check email and/or voicemails every day while on vacation, with millennials being the most common offenders.
If you’ve felt vacation deprived for the past year — or longer — then there’s no better time than the present to take the vacation you always wanted and leave your vacation deprivation behind for good. To get you started on the vacation of your dreams, the experts at Expedia offer these tips.
Back to the beach
Destinations like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas are still the exotic getaways you always dreamed they’d be, and when you visit them, you’ll actually be supporting hurricane recovery efforts for the whole region through your tourist dollars.
The holidays are a wonderful time to travel because schools and offices are closed. However, many others would-be travellers are thinking the same thing; that’s why knowing when to book and when to fly is key for saving time and money. Furthermore, avoid the peak holiday travel days by leaving a day early and staying a day later.
Bundle and save
Another often-overlooked way to save a ton of money on travel is to book your flight and hotel or flight and rental car at the same time as part of a travel package. Booking as a package can save an average of up to $600, and that extra money will come in handy while you’re enjoying your vacation or shopping for holiday gifts.
Precheck, precheck, precheck
Save yourself a lot of time and security line headaches by applying for precheck. You’ll get to skip the longest lines at security and keep your shoes on.
Start your travel plans today
If you’ve been vacation deprived, don’t continue to settle for being just another statistic. You work hard for your vacation time and you deserve to get away. Pick a destination you want to visit, apply the tips above and start planning. It’s the best way to turn yourself from another case of vacation deprivation into a vacation inspiration.