June 1, 2020
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Eager to travel, but don’t have time for one long trip? Embrace the micro-vacation.
One in three (34%) Americans planned multiple short vacations in the summer of 2021, rather than taking the traditional week-long or longer vacation. The average trip length was four nights.
This new travel trends comes from Allianz Partners USA’s 13th annual Vacation Confidence Index, a long-running survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs about Americans’ vacation plans for summer 2021.
A micro-cation is simply a trip of four nights or less. This trend was first spotted by Allianz Partners’ research in 2019, which found that more Americans were opting for short trips.
After the stay-home summer of 2020, vacation planning and spending rebounded in summer 2021. Two in three (67%) Americans planned to travel away from home for at least one night, and 44% said they’d seize the first opportunity to take a vacation.
Of that group, just over half said they’d travel more than once in summer 2021, with 22% planning three or more trips. The “multi micro-cation” trend is most pronounced among younger travelers (aged 18 to 34); nearly half of that age group (46%) said they planned to take two or more trips this year.
Why opt for mini-vacations? Some travelers said it was easier to take time off work for shorter periods; some said they only needed a few nights for their trip; and others simply preferred to take more short trips instead of fewer long ones. Money was also a factor, as was the ease of finding a travel companion.1
The problem with shorter vacations is that they may not give you enough time to fully unwind.
“Employees are often unable to recover sufficiently during short respites from work due to increasingly permeable boundaries between work and home domains, long working hours, working overtime and prolonged physiological activation as a result of pre-occupation with work,” multiple research studies have found.2 And those studies were conducted long before COVID-19, which, for many, completely erased the line between work and home.
The perfect vacation length is at least 8 days, researchers say, because that’s when happiness levels peak. But what if your work schedule or other commitments don’t allow a vacation of that length? That means it’s time to maximize your micro-cation. Try these tips:
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