TA's 2014 Travel Predictions

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N. American and European travelers plan to spend less on vacation next year, and plan to take shorter but more frequent trips.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/tripbarometer-global-en

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Europeans usually take several weeks of vacation, but Americans can hardly take less then they already do. I am confuseled. 

I have always been baffled by the short trips Americans go on. surprise

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I just had 2 college students. She is in her last semester and he goes to a different college. They came for one night to get away (she shares an apartment with 3 other girls) for some time together. A Saturday night fir into both of their schedules - between work and school. That is why we take short trips rather than the long ones. Schedules. Work, kids, appointments, etc. A get-away.

Several years ago a repeat guest called and said, "We have to get the hell out of Dodge!" Please tell me you have availability this weekend!" I did. They came all tensed up, they left smiling.

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IrisoftheWayfarer wrote:

Europeans usually take several weeks of vacation, but Americans can hardly take less then they already do. I am confuseled. 

I have always been baffled by the short trips Americans go on. surprise

Short trips have been my bread and butter.  More repeats from these travelers as well. 

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Us too CH. They are also the best guests! They understand what our state and our region are all about and are just looking for a nice relaxing getaway to reconnect. I think that's why we have our trouble guests in the summer. They expect the PNW to be similar to other coastal areas in the U.S. and we're definitely not. I think that's why I love it here so much. It's very unique.

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A short trip is a recharge the batteries trip. It is a break from the routine, do something different. It is also (or can be) less expensive than the long trip.

Back in the day when I was working 2 jobs and had a houseful of kids, I would take a tent and go camping for one night (cost $3.00 at the State Park). It was inexpensive enough that I would spend that much on me and I was away from work, husband, kids - everything. It refreshed me. I would leave as soon as I got home from work in the morning and would not have to be back at work until noon the following day. An hour and a half to get to the campground, an hour to set up camp, and sit on my duff until time to get up and break camp to go home. HEAVEN!!!

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Well, glad it's not this year. This week has been all UK all the time.

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