In imagining their dream vacation, single people harbor a more adventurous spirit than their married counterparts.
Married couples and singles are often at odds over little things, like whether it better to be married or single. But they do seem to agree on what constitutes a dream vacation, according to a recent survey of Affluent households conducted by Millionaire Corner.
A European tour tops the wish list of dream vacations for just over half (51 percent) of married people, compared with 47 percent of singles. The second-most desired dream vacation is an all-inclusive resort or island getaway. The third on the dream vacation hit parade is a cruise.
But in imagining their dream vacation, single people harbor a more adventurous spirit than their married counterparts. Whereas 24 percent of married people surveyed said that a cruise was their idea of a dream vacation, 28 percent of singles shared that dream.
They were, on the other hand, more likely than married people to envision a vacation to an exotic locale or emerging nation, take an excursion on an adventure/eco-tourism destination (25 percent vs. 16 percent each), or embark on a socially-conscious service or volunteer vacation.
Married people would be more content than singles to visit family and friends or to take an educational trip.
These vacations may be dreams in more ways than one for singles. More than twice as many singles as married people said they would not be taking a vacation this year, our survey found. Of those who are, they are more likely to spend less than their married fellow travelers. Thirty-seven percent said they would spend between $2,000 and $5,000 on their vacation, vs. 30 percent of married people, who are more than twice as likely to spend between $10,000 and $15,000, and three times as likely to spend at least $15,000.
Similarly, singles were more likely than married people to say they would be spending less on their vacations this year.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.