Americans love to travel, and taking a break from the stress and routine of everyday life is a fine way to cheer someone up and refresh the mind. Many statistics are kept to see how often Americans travel, and where they go and how much they spend. Those statistic show that Americans are spending huge amounts of money on the travel industry, mot of it going toward the domestic tourism industry in particular. Some of the most popular destinations may include the Florida, California, and Hawaii beaches, although outdoors enthusiasts may enjoy the Rocky Mountains or the rugged wilderness of Alaska far to the north. Hawaii in particular stands as the “typical” or even “ultimate” vacation destination, and even though it’s a part of the Union, Hawaii is an exotic and wild place to visit. It may not even feel like a part of the United States at all for some tourists, giving it an exotic air. This can be a lot of fun to see up close and in person. Guests to Hawaii may take boat tours, snorkeling tours, and even helicopter tours to take in this state and its natural beauty.
Americans and Tourism
What is there to know about Americans and going on vacations? About 95% of American workers agree that taking vacations is important to them, and many Americans travel further than 50 miles when they take a trip so that they can find and see something new. Often, Americans board planes to go somewhere relatively exotic, such a the beaches of Florida, California, or even Texas, not to mention Hawaii, of course. In fact, domestic American travel accounts for 85% of all travel expenditures in the U.S., and it’s still growing. This industry grew 2% in 2017, totaling 2.25 billion personal trips in that year. Domestic travel also supports around 7.6 million American jobs in airports, on board planes and trains, hotels, and the like, not to mention indirect jobs such as repair crews for planes and trains. It is estimated that 79% of domestic trips are done for leisure purposes, and most often, Americans want to visit a beach.
If a beach is desired, Hawaii has plenty to offer. Among the last states to join the American Union, this remote island state has abundant natural wilderness and a native culture that many guests find exotic and charming, and statistics show how popular this state is for tourism. In 2016, for example, there were 220,00 guests in Hawaii at any given time, and Hawaii tourism grew even more in 2017. In that year, the state welcomed a record 9.3 million guests, but some of them may have different ideas on how to explore that state. Some want guided boat tours, while others enjoy snorkeling to meet the wildlife in person. Others still would rather explore Hawaii by air in a helicopter tour.
Boat tours are a fine way to explore Hawaii if a guest is afraid of flying (or missed their chance to book a helicopter flight), or if they would rather not go snorkeling. On a boat tour, a guest may enjoy the chance to explore the wild Hawaiian coasts and learn about local history and wildlife, as well as see dolphins, fish, coral reefs, and more in the shallower waters around them. Meanwhile, snorkelers may actually swim and see the wildlife face to face, and this can be great fun in warm, shallow waters where it’s easy to see everything. Snorkelers may have to listen to local warnings, though, if dangerous wildlife such as sharks or stinging jellyfish have appeared in great numbers. Safety comes first.
Boat tours and snorkeling show the marine wildlife, but what about Hawaii’s panoramic views? Interested tourists may go online weeks or even months (if it’s the busy season) and book a helicopter tour. When the tourists arrive in Hawaii, they may visit the hangar and board a helicopter. Then, they take flight and observe Hawaii from high above. The doors and windows will be closed for safety, and everyone will have headsets so that they can hear the tour guide over the noise of the vehicle. Tour helicopters may fly in all but the worst weather for this.