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Health & Fitness 1
According to a TripAdvisor survey, 23 percent of U.S. travelers say fitness facilities are a consideration when choosing vacation accommodations. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Health & Fitness 2
18 percent of U.S. travelers exercise more on vacation than when at home, a recent TripAdvisor survey reveals. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Health & Fitness 3
TripAdvisor’s health and fitness survey reveals that during a one week vacation, 30 percent of U.S. travelers exercise three to four times a day. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
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57 percent of U.S. travelers admit they eat unhealthy foods more often on vacation than when they are at home, a recent TripAdvisor survey reveals. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
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44 percent of U.S. travelers get a workout in the pool on vacation, reveals a TripAdvisor survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)


TripAdvisor Survey Reveals More than Half of Respondents Regularly Exercise on Vacation But Over a Third Often Gain Weight on Leisure Trips

NEWTON, Mass. – July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the results of its health and fitness on vacation survey of more than 1,000 U.S. travelers. Fifty-two percent of respondents always or often exercise on vacation, and 65 percent maintain that healthy eating is important to them on leisure trips. While the majority of travelers are exercising on leisure trips, this may help compensate for hefty vacation menus, as 34 percent frequently gain weight on leisure trips. Eighty-one percent confess they are more likely to overindulge on food on vacation than while at home, while 55 percent are more likely to overindulge on alcohol.

Vacation Workouts

Healthy Retreats

Food for Thought: Female Travelers More Diet-Conscious than Men




Have dieted in preparation for a vacation



Have started a post-vacation diet



Healthy eating is important on vacation



Often or always eat healthily on vacation



Often feel guilty after a vacation for over-indulging on food



Guilty Pleasures and Vacation Vices

Top Physical Activities on Vacation, According to Travelers:

  1. Walking – 90 percent
  2. Swimming – 44 percent
  3. Hiking – 33 percent
  4. Using fitness equipment – 31 percent
  5. Biking – 17 percent

“While relaxation and delicious cuisine are undoubtedly key ingredients for an enjoyable trip, a significant number of Americans strive to find a balance between healthy pursuits and pleasure-seeking on their travels,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

 About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and Instant Personalization) with seamless links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 19 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide****, including China under TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.

TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.

TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, May 2011

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***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, May 2011

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