|By Marketwired .||
|January 23, 2014 10:42 AM EST||
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/23/14 -- No two vacations are the same. However, there are certain moments of any trip that are highlights -- and some that we could do without. What are those joyous moments when we are relaxed or excited or, even better, both at the same time? The most recent Travel Habits Survey from Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, looks at how we feel about every stage, from booking our trip to looking back through pictures, to capture the emotional heartbeat of the average American vacation.
For its Travel Pulse, Cheapflights.com asked 1,132 Americans to weigh in on key moments from planning, enjoying and returning from a vacation to create a chart of the most stressful and relaxing points as well as when excitement rules and travel blues set in. The troughs and peaks range from the sad moment when we are fighting our way through the airport for the flight home, which handily beat out returning to your daily routine as the most depressing part of a vacation, to the calm of sleeping in your own bed when you get back, which turns out to be the most relaxing moment.
The good news is that the vacation high points largely outnumber the low points. Also, waking up the first moment and having your first meal are the pinnacle moments of vacation, those magic spots that are tops in both relaxation and excitement. Big stress points? Security personnel and the dreaded question "we paid how much?"
Vacation High Points
Showing that Americans are eager to get to the fun on their vacations, the moment of maximum excitement is when we hit the beach, the slopes or whatever the main attraction is for the destination we're visiting. However, as much fun as we try to pack into these trips, there is no place like home, as underscored by the finding that the most relaxing moment is sleeping in your own bed upon return.
Here's the full rundown on the five vacation moments that excite us most:
Hitting beach/slopes/city or whatever the main attraction is for the destination 82% Waking up the first morning 76% Taking a side trip, excursion or moving on to a new venue 75% Eating your first meal 75% Arriving at your vacation spot 73%
And the five most relaxing vacation moments:
Sleeping in your own bed (upon return) 83% Looking back at photos from your trip 79% Having your first drink 74% Waking up the first morning 73% Eating your first meal 69%
The process of getting to where we are going is what stresses U.S. travelers the most, while the prospect of going home is what brings us down. Going through security and airports and getting out the door to leave, on both ends of the trip, were the top stress-inducing moments. The list of truly "depressing" moments is short (note that none of the choices earned even 50% of respondents' votes) and is all about leaving the vacation destination behind.
These are the top moments where travel stress can rear its head:
Getting through security at the airport 59% Getting through airport for return flight 58% Traveling to airport for return flight 54% Leaving home 52% Packing for vacation 51% Traveling to the airport for vacation? 51%
Here are the top points where we get the vacation blues:
Getting through airport for return flight 44% Waking up last morning 43% Packing to go home 43%
"The allure of travel is trying new places and getting away from the everyday," said Melisse Hinkle, Cheapflights.com editor and travel expert. "Our Travel Pulse shows the best parts of the trip are the moments when we are getting swept up in being away. It's the promise of that feeling that makes the stress of airports and security worth the effort. Of course, sleeping in our own beds when we get home is still a hard-to-beat moment -- sort of a vacation afterglow!"
A few other findings
While we were on the topic of vacation highs and lows, we asked about a few more points. Here's what we found:
When do Americans start to lose that relaxed vacation feeling? The most common answer was "leaving the hotel" (21%), followed by "arriving at work/school the first day back" (19%) and then "arriving at the airport for the return flight" (16%).
The most stressful question when on vacation? "We paid how much?" (26%) followed quite distantly by "did you remember the passports/tickets?" (18%). For parents, "we paid how much?" jumped even higher to 31% of responses (still the top answer). Number two for parents was "how much longer?" at 14%.
When asked "who stresses you out the most on vacation," the top answers were "security personnel"(18%), "airline/rental car/hotel representatives" (17%) and, in third place, "spouse/significant other" (16%).
Finally, it turns out those who use social media, which was 50% of respondents, are pretty honest, with 65% saying they share their bad travel experiences while the other 35% reporting they pretend their vacation was perfect.
For more information on the American Travel Pulse, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/american-travel-habits-travel-pulse.
To read about the Canadian Travel Pulse, visit www.cheapflights.ca/travel/Canadian-Travel-Habits-Travel-Pulse.
To read about the UK Travel Pulse, visit www.cheapflights.co.uk/news/infographic-brits-holiday-heartbeat.
About Cheapflights.com, part of the Momondo Group
Momondo Group is an online travel media and technology company that is driven by the belief that an open world is a better world. The group now serves travel search and inspiration to over 13 million visitors a month -- plus 7 million travel newsletter subscribers -- via its Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) and momondo (www.momondo.com) brands.
Skygate began the sourcing of complex air-travel data in 1992, while Cheapflights pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users in 1996 and momondo launched meta-search in the Nordic countries in 2006.
The Group has offices in London, Copenhagen, Boston and Toronto, with a consumer base across more than 25 core international markets but users all over the world.
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