TORONTO, Jan. 19,
2023 /CNW/ -- New research1 from
leading travel app 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 December 21-January
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
Expedia internal data confirms January is one of the top months
for researching and booking beach vacations, which is a favorite
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 2019.2
"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," says 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% off the price on
When 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%).
Plan 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. Plus, it's
significantly less busy than neighboring 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
- 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 award-winning
shelling beaches with an easy-living pace and stunning
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1In partnership with OnePoll. Surveyed 3,500
respondents from December 21, 2022 – January 4, 2023. The survey was conducted online
using panel members who are credited to participate in surveys.
Focused on Canadian working adults.
2Based on air and conventional lodging demand.
*Savings apply to bookings made on Expedia.ca. Discounts are
valid until the trip start date.