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NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS WILL HIT THE ROAD FOR THE DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

TripAdvisor Survey Reveals 45 Percent Plan to Travel This Month, Up Three Percent from 2011

NEWTON, Mass. – December 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site* today announced the results of its December holiday travel survey of more than 1,300 U.S. respondents. Forty-five percent of travelers are planning to travel during the December holidays, up from 42 percent who did so last year.

Of those taking trips, 63 percent will travel for Christmas, 31 percent will do so for New Year’s and four percent will travel for Hanukkah. Sixty-one percent of travelers will visit family for the December holidays, and 23 percent will visit friends.

Holly Jolly Journey
While driving is the primary mode of transportation among those traveling for the December holidays this year (48 percent), fewer motorists plan to hit the road than in 2011 (52 percent). Air travelers should expect longer lines at the airports as 46 percent among those traveling plan to fly to their destination, up from 42 percent last year.

Good Cheer in the Air
While airports will be bustling in late December, 62 percent acknowledged that sky-high airfares affected their holiday travel plans. Of those affected:

  1. 51% – Booked their flight early
  2. 29% – Will drive to their destination instead of fly
  3. 5% – Still waiting for prices to come down

Silver and Gold Spend Trends
The economic outlook may be uncertain, however, 92 percent said the news of a “fiscal cliff” will not prevent them from packing their bags and overall spending will actually increase.

Among those traveling, 49 percent will spend $1,000 or more on their holiday travel and 31 percent will spend at least $2,000.

Hunker Down for the Holidays
Forty-nine percent of travelers plan to stay at the home of family and friends, 42 percent plan to hole up in a hotel, and nine percent will unwind in a vacation rental.

Top Spots for Holiday Travel
The top U.S. cities travelers will visit during the December holidays, according to the survey:

  1. New York City
  2. Boston
  3. Chicago
  4. Los Angeles
  5. San Francisco

Shaking Off Holiday Stress
Forty-two percent of travelers report that they expect to be stressed by traveling this holiday season – here are the top three ways they plan to cope:

  1. 40% – Will travel at off-peak hours
  2. 20% – Will load their smartphone or tablet with music, games or movies
  3. 14% – Will pay for accommodations rather than stay with friends or family

Festive Frustration and Santa Songs

Looking Ahead at 2013

“Despite the stresses of holiday travel, nearly half of U.S. respondents will face unafraid the plans that they made to celebrate the festive season with the ones they love,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at 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 with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 60 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 75 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 74 million unique monthly visitors.** TripAdvisor, Inc.’s travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, July 2012

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, July 2012

©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor

The TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey reveals 42% of U.S. respondents will stay in a hotel while traveling for the holidays this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey reveals 42% of U.S. respondents will stay in a hotel while traveling for the holidays this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Forty-six percent of U.S. respondents will fly to their holiday travel destination, according to the TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Forty-six percent of U.S. respondents will fly to their holiday travel destination, according to the TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey reveals 48% of U.S. respondents will drive to their holiday destination this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
The TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey reveals 48% of U.S. respondents will drive to their holiday destination this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
New York City is the top U.S. destination travelers will visit during the December holidays, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
New York City is the top U.S. destination travelers will visit during the December holidays, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
San Francisco is among the top U.S. cities travelers will visit for the December holidays, reveals the TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
San Francisco is among the top U.S. cities travelers will visit for the December holidays, reveals the TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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