According to a recent survey US travelers are increasingly worried that “vanishing destinations” will disappear before they have the opportunity to visit. A travelhorizons survey of 2,300 U.S. adults conducted by travel marketing organization MMGY Global revealed almost 40% of those surveyed prioritize visiting these vanishing destinations soon.
The survey entitled “vanishing destinations” listed places like the Great Barrier Reef, Glacier National Park and Venice, Italy as places extremely important to visit while it is still possible. Among the respondents Millennials, educated and more affluent travelers seemed most affected. Also according to the study, age played a role with more than 51 percent indicating the importance as high.
Travelers with incomes in excess of $100,000 showed the highest level of import where visiting these vanishing destinations was concerned. Some four in ten (44 percent) of travelers with a college degree or higher feel it is important to visit vanishing destinations, significantly more than those with partial college education (32 percent) or a high school diploma or less (27 percent).
U.S. travelers were also asked about the impact of climate change on their decision to visit destinations that are affected. On this, the same 40 percent suggested climate change does impact their vacation destination decisions. The Travel Channel recently reported on the ever increasing list of places and experiences travelers may soon miss out on. Destinations like the Alps, the Florida Everglades, the tiny Polynesian nation of Tuvalu, and even Tikal in Guatemala were listed along with the destinations mentioned in the MMGY survey.