‘Can’t Afford It’ - Main Reason Why Half of Canadians Won’t Take a Winter Vacation This Year

TORONTO, ON, December 3, 2019

Key Findings from Allianz Global Assistance Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence Index (data compiled by IPSOS): 

  • 51 per cent of Canadians say they won’t take a winter vacation – majority (66%) who won’t be travelling say they do not have the budget for a trip this year.
  • Lack of finances is by far the biggest obstacle among Millennials (75%), Gen Xers (73%), and women (73%) who don’t think they’ll be able to take a vacation. 
  • Of those who are planning a winter vacation, they expect to spend more to do so – $2,706. That’s the highest anticipated spend in the past four years. 
  • Canadian households are expected to spend over $13.5 billion on winter vacations this year. 

As winter is setting in across Canada and the busy travel season begins, it appears half of Canadians will be spending it at home. 

“It looks like this coming winter season will at best include a frigid ‘snow-cation’ at home instead of a warm, sandy beach for more than half of Canadians,” said Dan Keon, Vice President, Market Management, Allianz Global Assistance Canada. 

The fourth annual Canadian Winter Vacation Confidence Index released today by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance services, shows 51 per cent of Canadians say they won’t be taking a winter vacation this year. The study was conducted by Ipsos for Allianz Global Assistance. 

When asked about the main reason for not taking a vacation, almost two-thirds (66%) said they can’t afford it. The next reason for not expecting to take a vacation this year was ‘Just don’t want to go,’ at 13 per cent. Another seven per cent said they have ‘too many family responsibilities.’ Only five per cent said they ‘don’t have time,’ while three per cent were ‘concerned about an economic downturn.’ The remainder cited other reasons. 

“Obviously Canadians are concerned about their pocket books,” added Keon. “While 72 per cent of Canadians said that an annual vacation is important to them, it’s interesting that only 49 per cent actually expect to take one. And they expect it will cost them more to do so.” 

Five per cent more. Of those who are planning on taking a winter vacation, they expect to spend a total of $2,706. That’s the highest anticipated spend since Allianz started collecting this data four years ago. Not surprisingly, Boomers say they’ll spend the most at $3,299, significantly more than the $2,205 Millennials intend to lay out. While Millennials will spend the least on average, they are also the largest age group to cite budget constraints as their reason for not taking a vacation (75%) followed closely by GenXers (73%). 

“The Index shows that having the budget to take a vacation is directly related to age,” adds Keon. “While Millennials cite greater budget constraints (75%), Boomers appear to have saved or acquired the resources with significantly fewer (55%) indicating that money is keeping them from travelling.” 

Regionally, the average anticipated spend is highest in the Prairie Provinces at $3,365 and lowest in Quebec at $1,908. Ontarians expect to spend an average of $3,012. 

“Despite the fact that just over half of Canadians don’t plan on taking a winter vacation, for those who will, they are expected to add a significant boon to the economy,” said Keon. “But it is important for them to protect their hard-earned investment with travel insurance that not only covers medical emergencies but trip interruptions and cancellations.” 

Based on an average spend of almost $3,000 per household, the study projects Canadians will spend over $13.5 billion on winter vacations this year – up from $12.2 billion a year ago and up significantly from $10.7 billion in 2016, a jump of 25 per cent. 

The results of the Winter Vacation Confidence Index, conducted by Ipsos, are considered accurate within +/-2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. A vacation was defined as a leisure trip of at least one week outside the respondent’s home province.

Allianz Global Assistance (Canada)

For over 30 years, Allianz Global Assistance has supported travelling Canadians when they need it most with value-added travel insurance and assistance services. More than 800 employees support long-term partnerships with some of the best known brands in the travel and financial services markets. Allianz Global Assistance also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call centre services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. Allianz Global Assistance is a specialist brand of Allianz Partners for assistance and travel insurance, and is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. For more information, visit the Allianz Global Assistance Canadawebsite

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