Where Will Americans Travel to in 2023?
When it comes to traveling in 2023, Americans want to be more than mere tourists and this desire is driving their travel plans to seek authentic and unforgettable experiences, according to a study commissioned by GetYourGuide, leading travel booking platform for unforgettable experiences. As more than half of leisure travelers (51%) say experiencing a destination as a local is a high priority, almost half (45%) are also concerned they are not having an authentic experience.
"Today's leisure travelers are seeking one-of-a-kind experiences that highlight destinations through an authentic lens," said Caroline Berger, Head of Brand, U.S. at GetYourGuide. "In a world where U.S. travelers have flocked back to traveling in huge numbers and are eager to book unforgettable experiences around the globe, we're committed to helping them transform ordinary plans into trips they will remember for years to come."
The local allure
As U.S. travelers weigh what matters most to their 2023 itineraries, experiencing new destinations authentically came into the spotlight. While on vacation, at least 3 out of 5 (62%) feel a trip is wasted if they don't experience the local culture.
In addition, almost all (97%) expressed that certain aspects of the local culture are more important to them than others whenever traveling domestically or internationally. Not surprisingly, food tops the list of local priorities (70%), followed by seeing the sites (67%), learning about the history (58%), experiencing the local arts scene (48%) and interacting with the locals themselves (38%).
Memories are worth every penny
Travelers are increasingly inclined to seek out once-in-a-lifetime experiences and create memories. When traveling for leisure:
- 95% prefer to spend at least part of their trip on new and unique experiences
- Almost half (48%) say it's primarily to have new and unique experiences
To make an international trip memorable, travelers are primarily looking to uncover something new:
- 64% want to discover something they didn't know about before
- 60% want to visit a popular destination
- 56% want to explore a location they've never heard of
And while nearly all (93%) are willing to cut back on some aspects to save money — such as gifts or souvenirs (65%), eating out (41%), transportation (36%) or accommodations (33%) — the majority (71%) are not willing to cut back on their activities and experiences.
Local guides bring incredible value
Nearly all (98%) travelers say they recognize the benefits of having a local guide. Some of the benefits they might be missing without a guide include:
- Being able to see things they wouldn't otherwise find out about (70%)
- Avoiding dangerous areas (60%)
- Less risk of getting lost (59%)
The most common causes for concern when exploring on their own include:
- Overpaying (51%)
- Not being able to do all the things they planned (49%)