Health and exercise top of mind for Canadians planning vacations this
TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - 'Tis the season for making New Year's
resolutions, the most popular of all being to lose weight. So, how does a
health conscious Canadian keep from falling off the wagon when on the road?
According to Travelocity.ca's Travel Forecast Poll for 2008, 86 percent of
Canadians polled make an effort to stay active while travelling, and it starts
with planning smart.
Fifty-two percent of Canadians visit destinations conducive to walking or
being outdoors in order to stay active, while 14 percent stay at hotels with
fitness centres and 35 percent state they will find ways to get exercise no
matter where they go.
Not only do Canadians plan their travels around their exercise needs, but
it seems that they are conscious of maintaining a good diet while they're away
as well. Thirty-four percent of Canadians do everything possible to avoid
generally unhealthy foods when travelling, while nearly 25 percent do
everything possible to avoid fast food. As many as 18 percent go as far as to
prepare their own food in order to maintain a healthy diet.
"In January, the focus is on diets and healthy eating as many Canadians
work to stick to their New Year's resolution to lose weight and eat healthy,"
Jennifer Gaines, Contributing Editor for Travelocity.ca, said. "What many
don't realize is that you don't have to stay home to stay on track. There are
numerous ways to stay active and healthy while on vacation."
Tips for staying active on vacation:
- Book a hotel with a fitness centre, and check if there is an
additional fee to use it.
- Ask the concierge for running routes in the area or see if a local
gym has a visitor's rate.
- Take advantage of walking tours instead of spending the day on tour
buses to get a real feel for the city and the local flavour.
- Pack your iPod and a jump or yoga mat for an easy, hotel room
Although Americans are often thought of as lazier than their neighbours
to the north, the Travelocity.ca survey revealed that, when it comes to
staying in shape while on vacation, they have Canadians beat. Forty-six
percent of Americans find a way to get exercise no matter where they travel,
versus 35 percent of Canadians. While 10 percent of Canadians plan their trips
around active pursuits, twice as many Americans do the same. And although the
U.S. is known as the fast food capital of the world, 39 percent of Americans
do everything possible to avoid fast food when travelling, while only
22 percent of Canadians avoid the temptation of a quick burger and fries while
Additional Survey Results
- With 57 percent of Canadians planning a trip to the U.S., it's the
most popular destination in 2008.
- Many Canadians (41 percent) are planning to vacation domestically in
- 40 percent of Canadians are planning an "all guys/girls" trip in
- More than half of respondents (53 percent) plan to take a
multigenerational vacation in 2008, including everyone from adult
children and grandchildren to grandparents and great grandparents.
For more information on travel trends for 2008, go to Travelocity.ca's
Travel Forecast Poll at www.travelocity.ca/forecast08.
The Travelocity.ca Travel Forecast Poll was conducted from November 26 -
December 31, 2007. The survey was conducted online and open to visitors of the
Travelocity.ca site. Results are considered accurate, with a margin of error
+/- 5% to +/- 9%.
Travelocity.ca(SM) is a leading Canadian full-service travel Web site,
providing reservation capabilities for hundreds of the world's leading
airlines, including WestJet, Porter Airlines and Air Canada, nearly sixty
thousand hotels around the world and best-in-class car rental companies.
Travelocity.ca also offers thousands of vacation and cruise packages, Last
Minute Deals, and a vast database of destination and travel information.
Travelocity's customer-driven focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support,
great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the fifth
largest travel agency in the U.S. - booking $7.4 billion in travel in 2005.
Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates Travelocity
Business(SM) and GetThere(R) for corporate travelers, lastminute.com, a leader
in European online travel and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel.
Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), a world leader
in travel commerce.
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