Rising travel costs, airport delays, and other stressors mean fewer people will be flying home for the holidays this December.
Almost 60% of people who normally fly home for the holidays will not this year, a survey of more than 1,000 visitors to travel deals website Airfarewatchdog found; 36% of whom say because it is too expensive and 21% would prefer to drive than deal with delays and long lines. An additional 13% said “the skies are too crowded” to fly home this year.
It’s also not cheap: 70% of people who fly home for the holidays spend between $500 and $1,000 and 20% spend more than $1,000, according to a study of more than 1,000 users from travel assistant app Mezi. Most Americans have less than $1,000 in savings, making such steep spending a major yearly commitment. More than half of people would prefer to break this annual tradition and spend holiday vacations on the beach or exploring a new city instead, the study found.