About one in three Canadians say they have had to modify or cancel their vacation plans because of inflation, according to a new survey by the firm Léger.
The survey conducted this month adds that among those who have changed their plans, 46% are also reducing their dining out.
Inflation slowed to 2.8% in June, but the price of groceries continued to climb, rising 9.1% last month, according to Statistics Canada. This drop in inflation was mainly driven by lower gasoline prices compared to last year.
In addition to concerns about inflation, Canadians are also feeling the effects of flight delays and cancellations and lost luggage when it comes to their vacation plans. Nearly half of Canadians surveyed by Leger felt that airlines were unreliable about their departures and arrivals.
Six in 10 Canadians who have taken at least one flight in the past year said they experienced flight delays, while two in 10 experienced cancellations. Nearly two in 10 also experienced baggage delivery delays, while 10% lost baggage.
Due to these disruptions, more than half of Canadians said they were looking to book direct flights only.
Over the Canada Day long weekend, Air Canada delayed or canceled nearly 2,000 flights, with passengers posting photos online of long lines and busy terminals that recalled the chaos of the year last.
According to this Leger survey of 1,526 respondents, 35% of Canadians said they planned to go on vacation this summer.
Of those who said they changed their vacation plans due to inflation, 43% said they were opting for cheaper accommodation options, while 41% cut back on activities and attractions and 39% took a shorter trip .