Gay Nagle Myers
Gay Nagle Myers

Staycation? It's not a vacation.

So said three out of four respondents in a recent online survey commissioned by Hilton Hotels & Resorts of 1,000 adults who took a vacation and stayed overnight at a hotel in the past 12 months.

While three in four adults travel to get away and relax, more then 50% of travelers still desire adventure, 38% admit they need a vacation from their vacation when they return home and 75% of travelers with children would leave the kids behind, according to the survey results.

The survey covered several categories of travelers: millennials; travelers with children; baby boomers; adventurous travelers and carefree travelers.

Hilton has numerous properties in the Caribbean, including Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.

More than half of travelers like to take full advantage of their hotel's happy hour, and 10% said that the hotel's bartender can make or break the trip.

As for the millennials, only one in three admitted they were embarrassed by how many selfies they take on vacation and one in 10 said they need to earn social media bragging rights while on vacation.

Adventure and foodie experiences trump culture for this sector.

Among those in the family travel sector, 70% of respondents said they would vacation without their spouse/partner; a smaller percentage said that their biggest fear was that their kids would be bored on vacation.

Choosing the right destination and hotel are challenges for 66% of travelers with kids, and over half of those travelers agreed that finding a hotel with kid-friendly activities is not only a challenge but also a priority.
Once the hotel is selected, 46% said that a hotel concierge could make or break a vacation with kids as could the lack of kid-friendly food in hotel restaurants.

An undesirable climate, language issues and a busy schedule at home are barriers that prevent some travelers from planning and taking a vacation, according to the survey.

However, 75% of those surveyed indicated they want to vacation in a place they've never been before but the destination must have great weather and the hotel great views.

The top three things most travelers are most embarrassed to admit to others: stashing hotel goods; sleeping until noon and not leaving the resort during the vacation.

If travelers discover a hotel they like, three out of four are likely to return more than once because of its location, staff, amenities and, for families, the  kids' club.

The most sought-after adult amenities across the board are great hotel restaurants and swimming pools.

Biggest regrets after a vacation? Missing a must-see attraction (55%) and picking the wrong hotel (43%).

Despite those travelers who indicated they would not leave the hotel during their stay, 82% want a balance between activities, excursions and relaxation.


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