More than one third of Americans’ New Year’s resolutions this year involve traveling, according to a new study by flight comparison site www.us.jetcost.com. The company surveyed more than 4,100 Americans, all of whom were over the age of 18.
According to the report, close to two in five Americans (39%) have set themselves a goal or target for 2020, with a further 18 percent loosely planning to do more in the coming year.
When asked what goals they had set themselves for the coming year, one third of respondents (34%) cited wanting to travel more as one of their New Year’s resolutions, while others said “saving more money (48 percent), “working hard on my career” (32 percent) and “putting myself first” (31 percent).
When asked why they wanted to travel more in 2020, the most common responses were “I have never been abroad before” (29 percent), “I want to get out of the United States” (23 percent) and “I want to see more of the world” (16 percent).
The most common destinations that Americans want to travel to in 2020, according to the survey, are Japan (20 percent), Great Britain (19 percent) and Canada (16 percent).
Only two-fifths of survey respondents (41 percent) said that they had been on vacation in 2019, while only 21 percent of those have been abroad. When asked why this was the case, the most common answers were “I did not have enough money” (36 percent), “I could not get the time off work” (22 percent) and “I did not want to” (15 percent).
The survey also found that more than half of Americans (56 percent) were definitely not planning to go abroad this year. One quarter of these (26 percent) said that their main reason was because they are too fearful of flying or going on vacation in general. Forty-one percent said it was because they “preferred the United States to other countries.”