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Traveler Confidence Report: Intent to Travel on the Rise

I’ve always been one to save a ton of money (haha) by shopping sales. Most recently, an online buying frenzy, the itch to travel and an unbeatable deal all played a part in booking a trip to South Korea. I got the ticket for $691 roundtrip; a deal just too good to pass up.

It seems that falling fares and hotel rates have inspired many other travelers to hit the buy button, too. In Travelocity’s recent Traveler Confidence Report, we gauged travelers’ plans and attitudes now as compared to six months ago, and we found a dramatic increase in travel intentions, indicating that traveler confidence is going up. In fact, 96 percent of our poll respondents said that the lower cost of travel has positively influenced their summer travel plans.

Now vs. Then
Back in November, we asked travelers about their intentions and only 10 percent of respondents were planning to increase their travels. We recently re-asked the question and found that 21 percent are now planning to increase their travels

Given the economy, there are also people who plan to decrease their travels this year, but that percentage as dropped significantly. Six months ago, 34 percent of travelers said they would decrease their travel and now only 24 percent are saying they’ll travel less this year.

Weigh In: How has the economy affected your travel plans this summer?

View the complete Traveler Confidence Report.

 

Jennifer

My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!

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