Two-thirds of Americans have huge life goals they want to achieve in 2022 — here’s what came out on top
A HOLIDAY, a car, a wedding – oh my!
A new survey has analyzed the goals looming on the horizon for Americans this year.
According to a survey of 2,000 nationally representative Americans, 62% have more life goals they hope to accomplish this year than ever before.
Traveling tops the list of Americans’ life goals this year. In fact, they are more interested in taking a vacation (at home (44%) or abroad (39%) than buying a house (35%) or having a baby (26%).
Among those surveyed planning to travel in 2022 (just over 1,100 respondents), the most popular trips include a group trip with friends and family (64%), a road trip (50%) and a vacation list to a destination they’ve never been (48%).
For those not planning to travel this year, 54% expect to spend more than usual on their next vacation to make up for lost travel time during the pandemic.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Affirm, the survey found that beyond travel, other events on the horizon for Americans included buying a car (38%), attending a concert or festival (37%), furnishing a house/apartment and attending a wedding. (both at 34%).
The wedding boom in 2022 is evident, with the average American expecting to be invited to 4 weddings and almost a third (28%) planning their own wedding.
Nearly two in five (39%) will attend a destination wedding while 35% will attend a “suite wedding” (referring to a second celebration planned by a couple after their first pandemic wedding).
“With vacations, home renovations and weddings high on the list of life goals for many Americans this year, we are encouraged to see that nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed plan to use a buy-it-now solution and payment over time in 2022. .
In fact, nearly 80% of those who use payment options over time say that these solutions will make it easier for them to achieve their goals within their budget,” said Silvija Martincevic, Chief Commercial Officer at Affirm.
The survey found that the financial pressures of the wedding boom associated with new trends like back-to-back weddings are evident, with 63% of respondents who have been invited to a wedding this year feeling financially stressed – and with good reason.
Americans surveyed who have attended a wedding in the past estimate the cost of attendance at nearly $3,000 (an average of $2,877) and if they are at the wedding party, add a few hundred extra dollars for an average of $3,260.
Given the high costs of attending a couple’s big day, more than a third of Americans had to say “no” to giving a wedding gift (37%), being at a wedding party (36%) and even attend one (28%).
“Americans are feeling the financial pressures of attending a record number of weddings this year, with costs of up to $3,000 each. Nearly a third of respondents are turning to payment-over-time solutions to spread costs in order to make attending a wedding more manageable,” said Silvija Martincevic, Commercial Director at Affirm.
THE BEST ACHIEVEMENTS AMERICANS WANT TO ACHIEVE IN 2022
Take a domestic vacation in the United States – 44%
Going on holiday abroad – 39%
Buy a car – 38%
Attend a concert or festival – 37%
Attend a sporting event – 36%
Buy a new summer wardrobe – 35%
Buy a house – 35%
Attend a wedding – 34%
Furnish a house/apartment – 34%
Move to a new city/state – 31%
Planning a wedding – 28%
Moving in with a significant other/partner – 28%
Getting pregnant/Having a child – 26%
Get involved – 26%
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