Current Vacations and Future Vacation Plans

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Current Vacations - Thinking about Future Vacations

We were unable to find sufficient data to validate the hypothesis that people start thinking about future vacations upon their return from their most recent vacation.
It is likely that the surveys done and the articles published only covered other aspects of post vacation anxiety and the ways to get over it. The data may not be published or was never mentioned in any of the surveys done so far. We did, however, find some information regarding subsequent vacation planning, which may be useful:

Key Findings:

  • In a recent Wyndham Vacation Rentals study, 45 percent of respondents said the prospect of going home added to the stress of their vacation.
  • A recent Booking.com survey revealed that 1 in 5 visitors book their next vacation during the last 24 hours of their current trip.
  • Travel Psychologist Scott Haas suggests that planning for the next vacation while on a current one can make it easy to overcome post vacation blues.
  • Psychologists Roy Baumeister of Florida State University and E.J. Masicampo of Wake Forest found that planning (making a list, for example) can free your mind of intrusive thoughts and leave you feeling clearheaded and, frankly, more earnest about making your next trip a reality.
  • Starting to plan your next vacation soon after your current vacation can take the sting out of returning from a well-earned break.
  • The study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life also showed, the very act of planning a vacation is what makes us the happiest and suggests planning next vacation upon returning from a current one.
  • In 2014, a survey on U.S. travelers revealed that 76 percent of U.S. travelers say returning home from one vacation prompts them to plan another one.

Research Strategy

We first looked at reports and surveys from the travel industry focusing solely on the emotions and thought processes of people returning from vacation with the hope that the data would cite the percentage of consumers who are already thinking about future vacations or those who returned from a vacation dissatisfied and/or were open to different travel options for their next vacation. We looked at published reports from booking.com, Travel&Leisure, trekksoft, abta and lodgingmagazine, among others, where we found information regarding booking trends, choice of destination, preference of travel and other similar subjects but nothing on planning a subsequent vacation soon after returning from vacation. From this strategy the closest we came to finding something relevant was a survey which stated that 76% of U.S. travelers say returning home from one vacation prompts them to plan another one. However, this data was old and did not directly support the hypothesis. By now it was clear that these types of reports or surveys might not include the psychology of travelers upon their return from vacation.
Next we looked for information on the psychology of travelers, where we hoped to find information covering the type of things people do upon their return from vacation (including booking another vacation or thinking about it). We looked for articles, blogs, studies and findings from sites such as Psychology Today, psycentral, bustle, psych2go, ncbi, researchgate, among others. No relevant data could be found.
Our last strategy was to look at third-party websites which included articles and blogs on the travel industry. Here we were looking for websites to cite any recent case study or survey which answered the request. The only useful information we got was from booking.com where it was noted that 1 in 5 visitors book their next vacation during the last 24 hours of their current trip. Upon trying to find this actual survey, we failed and the only reason that we could think if was that the survey was deleted by booking.com for reasons unknown. This was thoroughly checked by checking all the surveys conducted by booking.com in the past 3 years. Continuing with the strategy we looked into sources like washingtonpost, wisebread, instyle, gaiam, halfpinttravel, elitedaily, among others. No other relevant data could be found here.

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