Holiday Travel Survey Results – Where do you Fit?

Holiday travel by the Numbers - TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the results of its December holiday travel survey of more than 1,000 U.S. travelers. Statistics like these are always fun. See where you might fit as you head to your holiday timeshare rental.

Forty-two percent of Americans plan to travel for the holidays. Among those, 45% are planning to fly, while 51% expect to drive. Among the respondents 22% said they will spend more than $2,000 on their holiday travel alone.

Interestingly, 66% said the economy is not affecting their December holiday travel plans. Among the 34% that are factoring it in, 6% are taking a shorter trip than usual, and 4% are planning to drive instead of fly.

With the increase of airline baggage fees, travelers continue to seek ways to avoid these costs. Thirty-one percent say they will fly this holiday season with an airline that does not charge for checked bags this holiday season; 29% plan to bring only carry-on bags; and 22% will have online gifts shipped directly to their holiday destinations.

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they anticipate being stressed by December holiday travel. Thirty-nine percent of respondents will travel at off-peak hours to limit the stress of holiday travel.

The top 3 travel annoyances during the holidays according to respondents are: airline delays and cancellations - 24%, inclement weather - 21%, and bad traffic - 13%.

The top 3 favorite holiday songs to hear during holiday travel are “White Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Respondents listed as the top 3 most irritating holiday songs to hear during holiday travel as “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “The Hanukkah Song.”

What are the dream Christmas travel destinations? Forty-five percent would choose a tropical getaway (see above photo of Oahu) as their dream destination for the holidays; 24% selected a European destination; and 14% would like to travel to anywhere that loved-ones reside.

The number one travel-related gift respondents would like most is the iPad, according to 19%.

According to respondents, the top 5 major U.S. cities travelers plan to visit for the holidays are Orlando, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Happy Holidays!
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