The rising cost of vacationing and travel is making "staycations" and other thrifty options popular with Canadians this summer, according to a new survey. Below are six facts about Canadians' travel habits this summer, gathered by Angus Reid on behalf of RetailMeNot.ca.
Gas and lodging
Gas and accommodation costs were cited by 23 per cent of Canadians as the top reasons for keeping them at home this summer.
Not enough vacation days?
Work doesn't seem to be getting in the way for many Canadians' vacation plans. Only one in eight people have listed a lack of vacation days as their reason for not getting away this summer.
Québec aime hostels
A revealing cultural indicator, roughly one in five Québecers plan to use hostels for vacation lodging, compared to only two per cent for the rest of Canada.
Mi casa es su casa
In an attempt to stay thrifty, 38 per cent of travelling Canadians plan to avoid hotels or other lodging expenses by staying with friends or family.
Atlantic Canadians seem to be particularly predisposed to music festivals – 30 per cent of people in Atlantic provinces will attend a music festival this summer, compared to 20 per cent for the rest of Canada.
One in five men surveyed admitted to being "cottage moochers," keeping relationships with friends or family if they have a cottage. For Canadians aged 55 and over, mooching is even more prevalent, with 21 per cent admitting to relying on friends or family for their cottage getaways.
The poll was conducted on July 2-3, among 1,004 adult Canadians who are Angus Reid Forum panelists.
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