The main reason people vacation in winter isn’t to avoid cold weather, according to 1 in 4 Americans

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Nearly 1 in 4 Americans (23%) prefer to go on vacation during the winter rather than summer, according to a new travel survey. The main reason? Not to have a cheap winter vacation, but to avoid those notorious summer crowds.

Jetcost, a flight comparison site, asked 4,100 Americans their traveling habits, including when they like to travel for vacation. According to the survey, one quarter of Americans prefer to go away during the winter because “there are less tourists” (27%), followed by “to get away from cold weather at home” (22%) and “lower costs” (18%).

The winter months (typically low season in popular destinations) finds less people traveling. In fact, the biggest difference between peak and off-peak travel seasons is the amount of people that surround you, according to Insider, which notes that Coney Island, a popular attraction in New York, receives around 6 million visitors in the summer and “doesn’t see many tourists at all” when it’s cold out. This can be an advantage for those who want to avoid crowds, long lines and increase in hotel rates and airfare.

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Another reason Americans book over winter? They were too slow to put in their vacation days. So, yes, having a cheap winter vacation is definitely a reason, but we all need to plan faster.

Nearly 34% of respondents stated they are often unable to book vacations in the summer because their colleagues have already done so, according to the survey, which forces them to take PTO other times of the year.

While U.S. respondents are looking to plan winter vacations to save money in warm places with little tourists, the majority will not be looking to travel overseas. 56% of Americans surveyed prefer to vacation in the USA rather than go abroad.

Last year, Jetcost did another survey on vacation habits and discovered nearly two-thirds of the 4,000 survey respondents misrepresented how amazing their last getaway was, according to Travel + Leisure.

Are you taking a cheap winter vacation this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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