"Millions of U.S. adults who skipped out on vacations over the past few years finally felt confident enough to book in 2013," says PhoCusWright senior analyst, Marcello Gasdia. "This is a much welcomed improvement for the U.S. leisure travel market. There is no doubt that travelers are feeling more confident these days. Many are already planning expensive vacation schedules for 2014." Baby boomers drove the recent improvement in leisure travel incidence. Nearly half of this age group went missing from the travel marketplace in the years following the recession. But this hard hit demographic is quickly regaining their footing, with roughly 60% taking leisure trips this past year. A broad range of general travel behaviors improved in 2013 – not just incidence. U.S. travelers took more trips, spent more and visited more international destinations. Air and lodging consumption also jumped, all proving that consumers are leaving the recession in the rearview mirror. Related Link: PhoCusWright