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Canadian Vacation Habits
Suffering from destination déjà vu?
A new Cheapflights.ca survey shows 80 per cent of Canadians are more likely to return to places they've already been for vacation instead of heading to new destinations.
"Most of us are creatures of habit," said Dr. Jane McCartney, chartered psychologist. "It is not unnatural for us to want to know what we are doing, when we are doing it and with whom."
Respondents cited good weather, good prices and ease of access as prime motivators for returning to a destination they've already visited. But the cost of a vacation can also be the biggest deal breaker - rising prices are the main reason Canadians stop returning to a particular destination.
The Caribbean, Florida and Western Europe top the list of places Canadians travel to repeatedly. In addition to being repeat vacationers, with a tendency to return to the same destinations, many travellers reported falling into other holiday habits. Some of the most common repeat behaviours include eating at the same restaurant, using the same airline and visiting the same attractions during different vacations. Ten per cent or more have even taken the same photo, eaten the same meal or stayed in the same hotel.
"Explore the reasons why you like (and return to) a particular destination - and be honest with yourself," advised Dr. McCartney. "It's ok to engage in repeated behaviour, but it's also important to be clear about why you're doing it - and perhaps mix it up once in a while. You'll probably surprise yourself with the conclusions."
Cheapflights' survey indicates most Canadians would like to mix it up by heading to Australia or New Zealand, Eastern Europe or even Costa Rica. Let's hope these travel dreams come true in 2013!