Survey: Travel plans holding up for higher-income households

A survey of more than 2,000 frequent travelers conducted in April for Travel + Leisure magazine indicated that higher-income consumers are continuing to make plans to travel on leisure in the next 12 months, and that their spending plans for the most part are holding up.

A total of 89% of respondents, whose median household income was $100,718, said they plan to travel within the U.S. in the next 12 months. And 65% of respondents said they planned to travel internationally.

When asked about spending plans, 70% said they planned to spend the same amount or more than they had budgeted prior to the economic slowdown, indicating that while most higher-income consumers are not cutting back, a sizable minority appears to be budgeting more cautiously.

The survey, conducted for Travel + Leisure by ARGI, also revealed other information about the respondents' travel intentions for the next 12 months. Top destinations for planned domestic travel were (in order): California, Florida, New York, Nevada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

Top destinations for planned international travel were (in order): the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Canada.

The respondents were pre-screened to include only those that had taken either a foreign or domestic trip in the past year.


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