The majority of vacationers spend more money than expected when traveling (68 percent), often relying on credit cards to make up the difference, according to a new survey commissioned by Experian. Millennials rank even higher when it comes to risky vacation spending — one-third report they have not been saving up in advance of vacation, 72 percent say they spend more than expected when traveling, and 52 percent are strapped with credit card debt once the holiday ends.

Budgets and vacations are sometimes conflicting, especially among millennials:

  • Forty-nine percent have accumulated credit card debt while traveling (52 percent of millennials)
  • Forty-six percent have paid for a vacation by credit card when they didn’t have enough saved (50 percent of millennials)
  • Thirty-seven percent have cancelled vacation plans due to budget issues (44 percent of millennials)
  • Thirty-three percent of travelers plan to use their tax refund to pay for 2015 summer travel (50 percent of millennials)
  • Seventy-five percent say staycations are a good way to minimize spending during time off

Experian 2015 Travel Infographic-INFO

Millennials rely heavily on credit for their vacations