Travelocity survey reveals that one in four travelers plans to give back on the road this year

Volunteering on vacation is one of the fastest growing travel trends in 2019, according to a recent study by Travelocitywith one in four (27 percent) U.S. travelers reporting that they plan to travel as a volunteer this year1 and more than two-thirds (65 percent) say they have volunteered on a previous vacation2

“As consumers become more socially aware of the impact travel has on communities, we’re seeing an increase in people looking for ways to do good in their favorite destinations,” he said. Bruce Horner, director of marketing at Travelocity. “In fact, nearly half of travelers (47 percent) say volunteering opportunities affect where they vacation this summer.”

Traveling for emergency help
The survey also found that American travelers, especially Gen X bookers, are increasingly looking to help charities closer to home. More than 40 percent said they will travel abroad to volunteer and more than half (54 percent) said they want to volunteer in states and cities affected by natural disasters such as wildfires, floods or hurricanes.

To support disaster relief in the US, Travelocity has partnered with the American Red Cross. Travelers who book a hotel stay with the promotional code TRAVELFORGOOD will receive $25 from their booking and activate a $25 donation from Travelocity in April for National Volunteer Month.

Finding Nonprofits in Need
Travelocity helps vacationers looking to find and add volunteer opportunities to their itineraries through the revamped Travel Forever™ program. The new interactive map on Travelocity.com/TravelForGood connects travelers with more than 30 nonprofits everywhere the United States† The organizations accept volunteers throughout the year and are also registered through the Benevity Charity Database and verified by Charity Navigator and Guidestar so travelers’ volunteer time on vacation is donated to charity.

In addition, Travelocity’s nonprofits support causes that travelers care about most, including humanitarian (61 percent), animal welfare (53 percent), and environmental (40 percent), and are among the top summer vacation destinations.

The top 10 cities to visit and volunteer on vacation this summer according to Travelocity are:

  1. Anaheim, California.
  2. Chicago, ill.
  3. Las Vegas, Nev.
  4. Nashville, Tennessee.
  5. New Orleans, LA.
  6. New York CityNew York
  7. Orlando, Florida.
  8. San Diego, California.
  9. San Francisco, California.
  10. Washington DC

Many of the volunteer opportunities are suitable for families and projects range in length from just 30 minutes to a full day, including:

  • Help end hunger. Travel to New York City to volunteer for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a nonprofit organization that rescues food from New York City restaurants that would otherwise go to waste, and volunteers deliver food to those in need in 30 minutes or less.
  • Provide rescue animals. Dog and cat lovers can help at an animal shelter, such as Best Friends Animal Society in New York CityLucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, DCor PAWS Chicago
  • Promote sustainability. Spend a vacation day in San Francisco tending the land at Alemany Farm, the largest urban farm in the Bay area, which teaches visitors how to become healthy food producers. Sustainable travelers can also create backyard gardens and help install energy-efficient light bulbs to promote healthy eating and a resilient community with Green Light in New Orleans

Become a Go Gooder
Travel for Good™ has never been easier thanks to Travelocity! Starting Apr 2, 2019through May 13, 2019Travelocity will give away three (3) volunteer prize trips as part of the #SweepstakesForGood promotion on Instagram3† The holiday drawings take place on April 1630th of April and May 14, 2019† To enter the sweepstakes, users must follow @Travelocity on Instagram and like and comment on the sweepstakes post with the hashtag #SweepstakesForGood for a chance to win.

The first trip Travelocity is giving away will benefit Alemany Farm in San Francisco† The winner and a friend will spend four days in San Francisco, including up to five hours at Alemany Farm to plant seedlings and clean the garden beds and orchards. For more information about the sweepstakes, visit Travelocity.com/SweepstakesForGood.

Highlights from Travelocity’s Volunteer on Vacation Survey

  • One in four travelers say they will volunteer on holiday this year
  • 62 percent of respondents said they would volunteer on vacation with family (children over 18) and 31 percent said they would do it alone
  • 42 percent of respondents would travel abroad for a volunteer trip
  • More than half (54 percent) would volunteer in a community affected by natural disasters
  • Nearly half of travelers (47 percent) would book a destination because it offers a volunteer opportunity they are passionate about
  • Travelers are most likely to support humanitarian (61 percent), animal welfare (53 percent) and environmental causes (40 percent)

Vacationers looking to make their next trip both memorable and meaningful can view volunteer opportunities, tips from fellow volunteers, and more at Travelocity.com/TravelforGood.

For more information:
Mel Dohmen
Sr Manager, Brand Marketing
Travelocity news agency

Coyne PR on behalf of Travelocity:
Laurel Mundth
account supervisor
[email protected]
973-588-2000

1 Report based on Google Consumer survey conducted among 300 US adults aged 18 and older from March 11-13, 2019
2 Report based on Qualtrics survey conducted of 504 US adults 18+ from Nov 2018
3
PURCHASE NOT REQUIRED. Legal residents of the 50 United States (DC) age 18 and older. To enter and for Official Rules, including opportunities and prize descriptions, visit Travelocity.com/sweepstakesforgood. Void where prohibited.
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