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We recently undertook a survey on travel habits, in conjunction with TravelGuard, a leading travel insurance plan provider, and we uncovered some surprising things about the travel plans of Canadian families this summer. Despite the doom and gloom of the recession, we were glad to find out that 82% of you say you are planning to take a trip this summer with your family:
We’re big fans of family travel—both Minnow and I have been travelling with our kids since they were babies since our families didn’t live in Toronto at the time. Now we love the chance that travel allows for us to spend time with our kids and reconnect—and it seems you do too. Your top two preferred destinations were all about family—a family cruise or a resort with a good family program. Only 17% of you chose getting away with your best friend on a spa or shopping trip as your preferred destination (but maybe that’s the mommy guilt talking!).
You shared some great travel tips with us too. Some of our favourites include:
I don’t know a lot about economics but I do watch consumer trends, and I will be watching closely to see how people react to our economic “crisis” as it affects their day to day spending. Whether or not you take any responsibility for the gross over-consumption of the last two decades, you are likely being affected by it now. So when you cut back on your spending, what will go first?
I ask this with the eco/green living trend in mind, a trend that has gathered so much momentum over the last few years. We have seen thousands of green companies emerge offering everything from carbon offsets to organic clothing and 100 mile diet markets. The green trend is alive and picking up speed, but it’s not for the bargain hunter. People have started to make better choices—like using their own shopping bags, filling up their own coffee cups and cutting back on energy at home. They are buying organic products for eating and cleaning because they want to make healthy choices for their families.
My fear is that the average Canadian will view green choices as a luxury. But the real question is will they march themselves down to the big box stores and load up on cheaper goods made in China instead? Will people decide to drink coffee at home before work or will they just switch from Starbucks to Tim Hortons? It will be interesting to see if we have all learned any lessons about consumption from our current situation.
What will your changes be?