The other day I read an article about the statistics of who plans the family travel or vacation getaways. According to that article, a survey done by travel search site Skyscanner concluded that 75% of women said they are the travel planners in their household, according to a recent report in Travel Media Daily. It also showed that one-third of the men said their partner found the best deals and they believe their partners enjoy finding the best travel deals and planning their getaways. This was not surprising to me at all because I always plan the family vacations in our house and my husband is more than happy to just pack what he needs for whatever I’ve planned the night before we leave.
But then, I ran across conflicting information that said 61% of households say that Dad plans the family vacations. This poll was recently posted by USA Today. To be honest, I can’t even imagine my hubby taking the reigns on planning our family trips so I was a little surprised to see these poll results.
Numerous focus groups, comprised of vacation consumers, tell us that regardless of who in the family plans the vacations, they are looking for the following things:
1) More Value: Hotels and resorts are seeing this trend and are offering many more packages which include amenities and value-adds so they feel like they are getting more for their hard-earned money.
2) Quick and easy travel research: Consumers are looking to make decisions quickly. Gone are the days where you spend an hour or so at your local travel agent’s office perusing all their brochures. Finding answers on the internet is the easiest way to go, but they need to find the best packages and deals in the cities they are searching quickly.
3) The ability to communicate their needs with the hotel from the start of the reservation process: While sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com may offer lower rates in some cases, going through a “middle-man” can cause some challenges. Difficult cancellation policies, challenges with special requests, and potentially getting placed in the least desirable hotel room location. Why you may ask? Most hotels will acknowledge that the profitability on guestrooms sold through those travel sites is the lowest, so they generally set aside the least desirable rooms for those reservations.
One of the best things about Getawaypackages.com, is that we make it easy to find just the type of vacation package you are looking for in every part of the United States. Whether you are planning a family getaway, a golf getaway, a girls getaway, a romantic getaway, an outdoor adventure getaway, or a getaway to enjoy fine food and wine, we have the experiential package just for you. Getawaypackages.com makes it is easy to search only the locations you are considering, see the value in the hotel packages, and you book direct with the hotel, so there are no hidden fees or those hard to read cancellation policies. The chances are also good that you don’t get the room without a view or overlooking the parking lot because you got the least expensive rate for your getaway.
Along with that, many packages include value-adds such as parking or complimentary wi-fi. Many also include perks such as attraction tickets, gift cards, hotel credit to spend, tour passes, spa treatments and more, so that you already have a plan of what to do during your vacation, and you don’t find yourself stuck after arriving to the hotel thinking…ok, what do I plan now that we are here?
GetawayPackages.com understands that planning a vacation getaway should be easy, and that consumers, whether they are men, or women, are looking for added value in their vacation purchase.
So whether you are the husband or the wife, and you are gearing up to plan your next family vacation, be sure to check out Getawaypackages.com to make sure that you are getting the most out of your vacation, and you know what to expect when you get there.