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In 2022, 4 out of 5 travelers report problems.

This year’s summer traveling theme is chaos.

According to a survey, nearly 80% of people who have traveled this year have experienced some kind of problem. The most common issues were high prices, long waits, and poor customer service.

Most common inconveniences

Rental cars are expensive and in short supply. Airlines have canceled and delayed flights by the thousands. And periods of $5-per-gallon gas have jacked up the price for a simple family road trip. 

The next most frequent snag was slim availability in areas like lodging, airline tickets, and rental cars, which 26% of respondents contended. 14 % said they had lost money due to canceled or disrupted plans, and 4% reported other problems.

The survey backs up a slew of nightmarish anecdotes that paint a picture of an incredibly hectic summer travel season. Ongoing shortages of airline workers and lingering inflation are conspiring against travelers looking to enjoy themselves as the pandemic gradually subsides. 

Generations experience differences

Travel disruptions affected age groups differently:

People of different ages travel differently, so it’s no surprise they experience other challenges. Despite the various problems, all age groups are negatively impacted—in each generation, at least 3 in 4 travelers have shared a travel-related problem this year.

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7 in 10 change summer vacation plans due to inflation

The most common vacation changes people are making to save money include:

Who will take a summer vacation this year?

Beaches win most popular summer vacation spot

Are you planning a trip to a beach? You’re in good company.

This year, the beach is the most popular summer vacation location. According to the study, people plan to vacation in the following locations this summer: 

Perhaps reflecting shifting travel tastes in the aftermath of the epidemic, “staycationing” at home has become almost as popular as going to the beach.

According to the poll, 46 % of parents with small children plan to visit the beach this summer. Cruises, at 11%, and overseas travel, at 12%, are the least popular options. 

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