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Boomer Travel Desires Shift for 2017

En español | Boomers’ interest in European travel has dropped significantly, according to a new AARP survey, with Latin America emerging as the most popular international destination for 2017.

The number of boomer travelers who report planning a European trip dropped 10 percentage points from a year ago to 34 percent, the survey shows.

However, 41 percent said they would travel to Latin America, a category that includes the Caribbean and Mexico. Boomer respondents cited security, weather and public-health issues as their top three overall travel concerns.

In addition, 95 percent of boomers said they will travel domestically next year, with the South and the West the most popular regions and Florida (16 percent) and California (11 percent) the most visited.

Other findings of the 2017 travel survey:

Authenticity. Fifty percent of boomers traveling internationally said they would like to share a meal with local residents; 23 percent said they would take a tour with locals, while just 18 percent are interested in home-stay accommodations.

Budget. A financial plan for the trip is of less concern to boomers (40 percent) than either Gen-Xers (54 percent) or millennials (62 percent). But once a budget is set, a large majority in each group say they stick to it.

Taking the time. Forty percent of boomers who are still working say they won’t take all their vacation time in 2017. And when they do take time off, they anticipate spending 10 percent of that time working.

For more information on the these travel trends visit: www.aarp.org/2017traveltrends

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