Cold weather makes Columbia residents long for warm vacations
COLUMBIA - Winter weather hit Columbia this week, and it's causing some Columbia residents to think about warmer places.
According to the office manager at Suzi Davis Travel, business is on the rise as the mercury falls.
Columbian residents are not the only ones looking toward warmer climates. A recent survey by Tripping.com found U.S. residents are willing to sacrifice a lot to go on a memorable vacation.
According to the survey, 39 percent of U.S. residents said they would sacrifice coffee, cigarettes or alcohol for six months in order to take off on vacation. The survey found a 12 percent of people would forgo paying their bills if it meant going on a nice vacation.
Some Columbia residents agree.
"I would walk to work, I would give up my car for a couple of weeks," Zack Helton said.
Teresea McKey said, "I would give up one mortgage payment."
The survey found people are willing to put things like vacation before financial stability. When people were asked whether they would rather provide their children with memorable experiences or a stable financial future, the vote was almost split 50/50.
People like to spend when on vacation. According to the 2014 American Express and Spending Tracker, families spent more than $1,000 per family member, and those numbers are expected to rise.
There is also a generational gap in who goes on vacation. Millennials are the most likely to take some time off, as 75 percent plan to vacation this year, compared to 68 percent of Generation X and 59 percent of baby boomers.
Vacation preferences vary.
"There are a million and one iterations of vacations," said Jerry Price, office manager of Suzi Davis Travel. Price said the ideal vacation depends on the particular details based on a person or family's situation.
Price said times like this are great for business.
He said anytime snow is on the ground the phone "starts ringing at a rate way above what it normally does."
Price said the weather has been less than desired but said sacrificing is not the key for a good vacation.
"You don't have to sacrifice, you just have to prepare," Price said.