Early August Will Be Busiest Holiday Season

Four out of 10 salaried workers will take their summer holidays in the early to mid-August, a survey shows. And three out of 10 said they will go on vacation in mid- to late July.

The poll was conducted among over 500 office workers in their 20s to 40s lastweek through the website of Ticket Monster.

Dates for the holidays varied significantly according to age groups. Some 82 percent of 40-somethings plumb for the peak season that lasts for a month from mid-July, but among those in their 20s, 48 percent are dodging the peak season or say they have no holiday plans at all.

As for the budget, 54.5 percent of those in their 40s set a ceiling of W300,000, while 62.2 percent of 20-somethings plan to spend at least W300,000 (US$1=W1,018). The latter, most of whom are single, seem to place more value on enjoying themselves than their older counterparts, who have to tighten their purse strings largely to support their family.

There were also differences among age groups in type of travel. Some 41.3 percent of those in their 40s prefer package tours, while 20-somethings want more flexibility to pick and choose -- 38.6 percent of them travel independently, and 44.6 percent choose deals that offer only accommodation and transportation.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 24, 2014 08:25 KST