Jamie Biesiada
Jamie Biesiada

If consumer sentiment is any indication, it looks like 2019 is going to be another good year for travel.

Travel Leaders Group last week released the results from its consumer travel trends survey, which drew more than 3,500 respondents.

The survey found that 96% of respondents said they intend to travel for vacation in 2019.

"The desire to travel among North Americans is stronger than ever, with an increasing focus on authentic, memorable experiences," Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko said in a statement, specifically pointing to things like culinary travel and heritage trips.

Of the survey's respondents, nearly 90% said they will take the same number or more trips in 2019 as they have in previous years, and 76% said they are planning two or more vacations in the coming year.

Travel Leaders Group found that 43% of respondents plan to spend more on vacations in the coming year than in 2018.

Money was the top reason consumers said they don't travel more often, followed by work obligations and not having enough time off.

The survey's results also indicate a rise in the number of solo travelers. According to Travel Leaders Group, 35% of respondents said their 2019 travel will include solo travel, at least in part.

Forty percent of solo travelers said they enjoy traveling on their own, while 25% said they prefer to join an organized group when they're traveling solo. In total, 35% of solo travelers enjoy going on one or more guided tours when traveling.

Travel Leaders Group also broke down consumer interest in destinations.

In 2019, the top 10 destinations to which consumers are interested in traveling are, in order from the top, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, New York, Arizona, Montana and Washington, D.C.

Internationally, consumers are most interested in traveling to the Caribbean, Western Europe, Mexico, Canada and Eastern Europe.

Solo travelers are most interested in traveling to the following U.S. destinations: Florida, California, Hawaii, New York and Alaska. Internationally, solo travelers are most interested in Western Europe, the Caribbean, the U.K./Ireland, Eastern Europe and Australia.

Travel Leaders Group's survey was conducted in September and October.

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