It’s a buyers’ market for vacation travel this summer — and still, an awful lot of Americans are just staying home.
The economy’s lousy. Jobs are lost or wobbly. Money’s short. How ‘bout a “staycation”? Maybe a campfire in the backyard?
We all need recharging. Rejuvenation. The restorative pause from work and everyday life that brings back the glow.
What are your plans this summer? We’ll hear from travel pros this hour about great deals out there, and about making the most of your own backyard if you’re not hitting the road.
This hour, On Point: Restorative vacation strategies on the cheap, in the summer of the Great Recession.
And in the Detroit Free Press, Ellen Creager writes about "staycations" as "thrifty summer adventures." Some interesting facts she pulls together:
- Only one-third of Americans will take at least a week's vacation away from home this summer, according to a new Harris Poll.
- One in six won't even take their earned vacation days off. One in 5 workers are actually afraid to take a vacation because they might lose their jobs, according to the jobs listing service Career Builder.
- Nearly two-thirds are considering replacing a regular vacation with a vacation in the backyard, according to the National S'mores Vacation Survey conducted for the Hershey Co.
And Creager adds this reassuring note to parents:
Year after year in the Detroit Free Press' annual "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" contest, children mention the same highlights. And they're not trips to Europe.
They are, in order: making s'mores at a campfire; river tubing or canoeing; visiting a zoo; having a sleepover in the yard; jumping on a trampoline or inflatable moonwalk; horseback riding; fishing; hiking with Dad or Mom.
This program aired on July 10, 2009.