New research from Expedia reveals the over-scheduled holiday season has prompted many Canadians to plan a "nothing-cation," a trip where warm weather and relaxation are the main attractions.
According to a survey of 3,500 Canadian travellers conducted Dec. 21 and Jan. 4, almost half (43%) report that December is the hardest and most stressful month of the year, and nearly everyone surveyed (93%) plans to spend a portion of their next trip doing absolutely nothing.
Expedia says internal data confirms January is one of the top months for researching and booking beach vacations, which is a favourite trip type for “nothing-cationers.”
On average, about a quarter of getaways planned during the first month of the year are to beach destinations, and many hotspots including Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana and Oahu are already seeing double-digit increases in demand compared to the same time in 2019, Expedia says.
"There's a time and place for an action-packed vacation itinerary, but our data shows the first trip after the hectic holiday season is not it," said Melanie Fish, head of Expedia Group brands public relations.
"For most travellers, getting the most out of their next vacation means doing less and setting aside dedicated time for nothing. One trick to avoid unnecessary stress while planning a nothing-cation is to bundle flights, hotel and car rental on the Expedia app, which not only saves you time but knocks more than 10 per cent off the price on average."
Nothing is really something
According to Expedia's research, 35% of travellers say they like to start off the new year with a trip on the calendar to look forward to, as a remedy to escape the cold and rainy weather (34%) in January.
Furthermore, most (79%) agree that a vacation is good for their mental health and that after "doing nothing" on vacation, they feel refreshed and recharged (68%).
A nothing-cation to remember
To inspire travellers to relax and recharge during their next trip, Expedia's travel experts have compiled a shortlist of seven destinations perfect for doing nothing:
Kauai, Hawaii – Nicknamed "the Garden Isle," Kauai is known for its lush natural beauty and dramatic cliffs; a place you can get lost without even leaving your hotel. It's significantly less busy than neighbouring Oahu and Maui.
Costa Rica – Costa Rica's eco luxe lodges are the perfect place to do nothing. Turn off your phone and drink in the lush jungles and sounds of nature.
Fiji – It doesn't get more idyllic than an escape to a remote island in the South Pacific.
Nevis, Caribbean – described as "one of the most unspoiled and relaxing islands in the Caribbean," Nevis Island is the perfect option for a “nothing-cationer.”
Koh Samui, Thailand – Well known for luxurious wellness resorts, offering everything from basic massages to chakra-balancing and beyond. Add some spa treatments and a hammock nap to your agenda and watch as your stress melts away.
Algarve, Portugal – Portugal's southernmost region is the perfect mix of beaches, golf courses, and market towns.
Sanibel, Florida – One of two islands just 30-miles off the coast of Fort Myers, known for being an shelling beaches with an easy-living pace and stunning wildlife.