More Are Packing Their Bags for Summer Fun

A big uptick in summer vacation travel is forecast by—but people are avoiding cruises after Carnival Cruise’s unfortunate events earlier this year.

While only 70% of survey respondents took a summer travel vacation in 2012, 93% plan a summer travel vacation this year, according to the survey sent to more than 100,000 U.S.-based subscribers from the site’s email list.

Nearly a third of the respondents (29%) who are not planning to take a cruise vacation this summer said that the recent negative news on the cruise industry had an impact on their decisions

Other findings include:

  • 21% of respondents who are planning to travel this summer are setting aside a larger budget for their travel plans than last year, while 52% expect to spend about the same amount;
  • 51% of respondents are planning summer vacations to U.S. destinations, while 11% are planning trips to Europe and another 11% are planning trips to the Caribbean; and
  • 43% of respondents said they plan to purchase bundled summer vacation packages that include air or ground transportation (or both) plus hotel. is a travel price comparison search site for deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages.