Tired of “Oblications” – This Holiday Season Travelers Want to Reclaim Vacation Time from In-Laws

Travelocity Survey Shows Majority of Travelers Would Prefer a Real Vacation Over an Out-Of-Town Obligation

SOUTHLAKE, Texas--()--Travelocity’s most recent poll of North Americans revealed that though 93 percent of travelers use at least some of their vacation time for out-of-town obligations, there are occasions when they’d rather be doing something else. The Urban Dictionary defines the oblication as “taking valuable vacation time and dollars for obligatory family or friend visits,” and while many respondents enjoy spending time with family, there are certain trips the majority would prefer to avoid; instead taking a vacation, visiting friends, or just staying home.

Visiting in-laws (14 percent) topped the list of unpopular oblications, with weddings, milestone events (graduations, anniversaries, reunions, etc.) and visiting family each closely behind at approximately nine percent. Travelers cope with their oblications differently. Some travelers have avoided their oblications altogether by not telling family when they’re traveling to their area. But, others cope by giving themselves a little space when visiting out-of-town relatives:

  • 48 percent will stay in a hotel
  • 38 percent will plan activities on their own
  • 38 percent will go so far as to combine their obligations with a leisure vacation

“Many travelers very much look forward to their family time around the holidays, while others dream about sitting on a beach,” said Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity’s senior editor. “It’s likely that travelers would prefer to do it all – travel for obligations and take real vacations – but with limited time off, striking a balance can be difficult.”

When asked if they resented using vacation time to visit family, responses were mixed. Forty-one percent of respondents do not resent it, while 38 percent said they “sometimes resented it.” Ten percent said they “quite often” or “always” resented using vacation time to visit family.

Additional findings from the report include:

  • Forty-one percent of respondents enjoy using vacation time to entertain visitors. One in five people don't enjoy it but feel obligated (22 percent) and six percent reported they don't enjoy and feel cheated out of vacation time. Almost a third (31 percent) don't use vacation time to entertain out-of-town visitors.
  • More than half (55 per cent) of respondents have cut back on out-of-town visits in the last year due to reduced disposable income.

The Travelocity Oblications Poll was conducted by online survey of Travelocity customers in the U.S. and Canada, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 3, 2009. For more on the poll and great deals on hotels to make holiday oblications more enjoyable, go to: travelocity.com/oblication.

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Kate Sutherland, 212-715-2222
kate@vollmerpr.com
or
Alyson Gomez, 972-919-3516
alyson@vollmerpr.com