Who doesn’t love a beach vacation or a weekend beach getaway?
The sand between your toes. The smell of sunscreen and a warm summer breeze. Sand castles and surfing.
Summer is almost here and the beach is calling our name.
According to a recent survey done by Expedia, almost everyone enjoys time on the beach. Some people even want time at the beach more than they want time with their family.
I grew up near one of the most popular beaches on the east coast – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I met many people who thought a Myrtle Beach vacation in the sun and sand was paradise.
While I didn’t necessarily feel the same (after all, this was my home), I’ve definitely enjoyed my share of beaches. I’ve been to beaches in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, California, Croatia, and Portugal just to name a few.
I’ve done the romantic walks on the beach hand in hand. I’ve almost drowned in the ocean (which prompted by dad to sprint from his chair on the beach to come get me).
I’ve been stung by a jellyfish. I’ve competed in beach volleyball tournaments. I’ve been sunburned to the point of tears. And I’ve wrestled with a shark in a fight for my life.
OK I am just kidding about that last one. However, growing up at the beach I have spent a lot of time there. And while I haven’t wrestled with sharks I have been to a nude beach in Portugal, written a guide to Kauai, and listed an island in Croatia as one of my off the beaten path places in Europe.
Yet to the surprise of some, I am not a big fan of the beach.
Despite my numerous beach experiences, I am no expert on beaches. However, Expedia conducted a survey and the results are in – people love a beach vacation.
Beachgoer behavior and your favorite beach vacation
Expedia’s 2012 Flip Flop report surveyed nearly 8600 people in 21 countries. Americans spend nearly 40% of their vacation days at the beach and the average beach holiday is just under 8 days.
So what are the most important factors when picking a beach vacation? Exactly what you think they would be – total vacation price and the beach itself. 14 of the 21 countries surveyed rated these as the two most important factors.
78% of Americans said that total price of the beach vacation was the most important factor. So while people want to go to the beach, they want to make sure they get a good deal for their trip.
Of the total people surveyed, 52% plan on taking a beach vacation this year. And despite my efforts to get people off the beach in Kauai, the two most popular activities were relaxing and sunbathing. The Irish were the most likely to relax, Mexicans the most likely to lie on the beach, and the Brazilians the most likely to exercise.
Like to swim? Join the Germans as most of them like to spend their beach time in the water.
Want to sunbathe in the nude? The Germans are also your friends as they had the highest percentage, 15%, of nude sunbathers. A little behind the Germans were the Spanish and Indians. Bringing up the rear (but not likely to expose theirs) were Americans, British (both at 2%), and Japanese (1%) – the least likely to sunbathe sans clothes.
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Almost 40 years after the movie debuted, Jaws still scares people. 50% of people consider sharks when planning a beach vacation and 68% admit to being afraid of sharks when swimming.
So if you dare to go back into the water or just want to relax or sunbathe, it’s OK. With Memorial Day around the corner and the summer travel season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about your summer beach vacation.
So how do you know what is the best beach vacation for you?
Check out the full results of the 2012 Expedia Flip Flop report.
Find your best beach vacation with the Expedia Summer Sale
So now we all know you like the beach. You may not admit it but most of you are going to spend a week there. However, how do you know what is the best beach for you?
Fortunately, Expedia has created an app that helps you find the answer. You can answer six travel questions about your beach habits and preferences and Expedia will tell you what type of beachgoer you are.
Do you want a little adventure or do you prefer to find the best deal? Do you want a high end resort so you can be pampered and relaxed or do you want a spiritual retreat? Do you want to stuff yourselves or party the night away?
Check out the Expedia Blogger Bucket List app on Facebook and take the quiz. Once you get your results, you will get your beachgoer personality and be matched up with your Travel blogger beach profile.
Tell me what type of beachgoer you are in the comments and you will be entered to win one of the mini surfboards shown above!**
Here are the categories for which you can find deals:
- Adventure Travel
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
- Beach Bum
- Exotic Travel
- Luxury and Fashion
- History/Culture Buff
Party in Rio de Janeiro or Ibiza. Find your sense of adventure in Mongolia or Reykjavic. Or enjoy a more exotic side in Micronesia or the Galapagos.
And if you want to explore a little more, find out what your travel blogger match recommends with their favorite destinations (check out the blogger profiles to see the places that are on their bucket lists).
As one of the bloggers listed, note that my list might be a little different than yours. While I like the beach, I also like to explore a little too so maybe you will enjoy a different type of beach vacation as well!
Expedia wants to help you find the best beach for you and offers you some deals. With the Expedia Summer Sale, you can save money on your beach vacation with hotel deals, last minute getaways, and beach deals that match your geographic location and beachgoer profile.
The deals run May 15 through August 31 so you can plan and enjoy a beach vacation any time this summer.
So since you are going to the beach anyways, take this fun quiz and save a little money on your ideal beach vacation.
What type of beachgoer are you? Share your results, tell us where you are going this summer, and win a mini surfboard!
**Deadline to enter the mini surfboard giveaway is June 8, 2012 11:59 PM PST!
Disclosure – The mini surfboard giveaway is not associated with, endorsed by, or administered by Facebook or Expedia. Participation in this giveaway is voluntary. While participation in the Expedia app is suggested to determine your beachgoer personality, you do not have to participate in the quiz or app to say what kind of beachgoer you are. A winner will be chosen at random using random.org. If you choose to participate, you must leave a valid email address, be a fan on Budget Travel Adventures on Facebook, and post a comment about what type of beachgoer you are (feel free to share more of your beach stories or experiences as well).