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Nearly half of Americans concerned about travelling

Nearly half of Americans concerned about travelling | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Nearly half of Americans (48%) recently surveyed by the US Travel Insurance Association said they are more concerned than in the past about travelling, in light of recent world developments such as the Ebola virus outbreak, or civil unrest in places like Ukraine or the Middle East. However, 57% of those who voiced concern said that these events will have no effect on their 2015 travel plans. According to the survey, the older the traveller, the less likely they would be to change travel plan. Women, too, were less likely to change plans with 66% women versus 47% men saying they won't change travel plans in response to world events. 

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Travel habits of Americans: 42% didn't take any holidays in 2014

Travel habits of Americans: 42% didn't take any holidays in 2014 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Skift has been tracking the travel habits of Americans throughout 2014 with a series of surveys. As we enter 2015, the picture of when and how many holidays workers in the USA take is still pretty bleak. The number of holidays taken directly correlates to whether Americans travel inside or outside the country, and how that affects the travel industry as a whole in addition to its various constituents in airlines, airports, hotels, destinations, attractions and related sectors. In a new survey conducted by Skift, it was revealed that as many as 42% of Americans did not take a single vacation day in 2014. On the other end of the spectrum, about 15% of Americans said they took more than 20 vacation days last year. Click here to view the survey's full findings.


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Where will Americans travel in 2015?

Where will Americans travel in 2015? | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Americans today are taking less annual leave than at any point in nearly 40 years, according to a report for the U.S. Travel Association by Oxford Economics. So where and how will they be spending their leisure time in 2015? When Americans travel internationally, they typically stay closer to home. According to Euromonitor, the most popular international destination by a landslide will be Mexico, which topped the list last year with over 21 million trips. Mexico is alluring for its sun, cuisine, destination yoga retreats and cultural activities. Capturing second place is Canada, with Americans making approximately 12 million annual trips there due to its beauty, friendly people and safe environment. Rounding out the top three is Britain due to its variety of lush landscapes and cultures. Click here to learn more about where Americans will be travelling in 2015.

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Americans aren't the only ones not using their vacation days

Americans aren't the only ones not using their vacation days | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The US isn't the only country whose citizens are guilty of not using their vacation time. Asia Pacific countries on average got 19 vacation days this year and only took 14, or 73%. Globally, only 55% of employers say they approve of their employees taking vacation time, which is a likely culprit of why Asian countries aren't maximising their vacations.

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