Canadians Allow Nothing to Affect Their Summer Travel Plans

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer travelCanadians spend enough time complaining about the high fuel prices, the hordes of international tourists and the children's behaviour during long trips. But every summer, we do it again. While the 2014 surveys will be released only later, past surveys tell an interesting story:

  • In 2013 Canadians spent about $3,000 on transport to and from their vacation destinations (BMO Financial Group, 2013).

  • We spent about $3,978 on non-essentials like entertainment, shopping and restaurant meals. A CIBC survey, which asked about individual trips rather than about the entire summer, found that each trip cost about $1,600 (CIBC, 2013). 

  • Those who stay in hotels spend between $100 and $200 per night, with 32 per cent of them spending less than $100. The average stay lasts 7.4 days, and per season the average family spends $1,029 on hotel rooms. Altogether, the Canadian population spends around $24 billion per year on hotel accommodation (Roomkey, 2013).

  • In 2013 BMO found that 56 percent of vacationers hoped to spend the same as the previous years, 26 per cent were willing to spend more, and 18 percent hoped to spend less. Residents of Manitoba and Saskatchewan spent the most, while residents of Atlantic Canada spent the least.

  • 74 percent of travellers say they plan the holidays, and 16 percent say they will not even trust their spouses with the planning .

  • 59 percent of travellers say they budget (BMO Financial Group, 2013).

  • 54 percent of travellers want to relax, and visit beaches, islands or spas. 48 percent opt for some big city sight-seeing, 32 percent want to enjoy family or school reunions, and 29 percent prefer spending their breaks in national and provincial parks.

  • 73 percent holiday within Canada, 25 percent visit the U.S., and 9 percent travel outside of North America.
  • 46 percent take their spouses, 39 percent include both their spouses and children, and 31 percent want to enjoy holidays with friends.

  • A full 55 percent of Canadians will stay put during summer weekends, with only single-day trips on Canada Day, Victoria Day or Labour Day (Roomkey, 2013). Quebec residents are the most likely to go away, while residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. are most likely to stay at home (CIBC, 2013).

Do your summer plans differ from these norms?