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28 2013

Autumn Travel on the Radar for Most This Year

TripAdvisor Fall Travel Survey

Fall travel is up for 2013. According to the results of TripAdvisor’s annual Labor Day and fall travel survey, 86% of Americans are planning an Autumn trip this year, nearly equal to 85% that planned to travel last year. And 33% will do a Labor Day getaway – that’s a 6% increase over 2012.

 

The main motivators for travel this autumn are fewer crowds (22%) and a more pleasant climate (19%).  Additionally, 32% of travelers plan to spend more on their fall leisure trip in 2013, while 57% expect to spend about the same as last year. Some other notable results include:

  • More than a quarter of respondents (27%) will take three or more trips this fall.
  • 56% of fall travelers will take a vacation lasting a week or longer.
  • 52% book their fall vacation three or more months in advance.
  • 43% of travelers will enjoy a romantic getaway with a loved one this fall and 38% will travel with family.
  • 42% are planning to visit a repeat destination, while 20% will venture out to discover a new locale.
  • 42% of fall leisure travelers will enjoy a city trip and 34% plan to head to the beach.
  • 74% are planning a hotel stay, 28% will stay with family and friends and 22% will rent a vacation rental home.

 

The top 5 fall activities are:

  1. View colorful fall foliage – 44%
  2. Go wine tasting / visit a vineyard – 29%
  3. Go to a food festival – 22%
  4. Attend a football game / collegiate homecoming – 18%
  5. Go to a state / county fair or fall festival – 18%

 

And finally, it appears the love for everything pumpkin is still strong this fall as pumpkin pie is a favorite treat for 16% of travelers, followed by apple pie at 14%. And 29% prefer apple cider, while just 11% choose hot chocolate.

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