December Holidays Voted Most Stressful By U.S. Travelers, According To TripAdvisor Survey

    December Holidays Voted Most Stressful By U.S. Travelers, According To
                              TripAdvisor Survey

Headwinds of Rising Airfares May Be Forcing Travelers Behind the Wheel; 53%
Driving for the Holidays, Up 5% Year-Over-Year

PR Newswire

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 10, 2013

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor^®, the world's
largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual December
holiday travel survey of more than 14,000 U.S. respondents. Forty-five percent
will travel this holiday season, nearly equal to last year but more will hit
the road in 2013, as 53 percent plan to drive compared to 48 percent in 2012.
One quarter (25 percent) of survey respondents cited they will drive instead
of fly to their destination due to the cost of airfare.

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45% of U.S. respondents will travel for the December holidays, according to a
TripAdvisor survey.

TripAdvisor Flights data reveals the average roundtrip airfare in economy
class is up nine percent year-over-year for the December holiday travel
season^2, while gas prices have dropped four percent year-over-year for
thesame travel period^3.

U.S. Travel Plans for the December holidays: 2012  2013
Driving                                      48%^1 53%
Flying                                       46%^1 42%
National Average Airfare^2                   $401  $436
National Average Gas Price per Gallon^3      $3.39 $3.27

^1Based on those who said they were traveling in the 2012 TripAdvisor December
holiday travel survey.

^2 Based on the average roundtrip airfare in economy class for the top 100
domestic flight routes from December 23 to January 2 in 2012 and 2013,
according to TripAdvisor Flights data.

^3Based on the national average price per gallon for regular gas first week of
December 2012 and 2013, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Bah Humbug! Stresses of Seasonal Travel
Forty-three percent find the December holidays to be the most stressful time
of the year to travel, followed by Thanksgiving (31 percent).

Top 3 Stressors of Holiday Travel:

1.Airline delays and cancellations
2.Inclement weather
3.Price of transportation

To limit the stresses of holiday travel, nearly half (48 percent) will travel
at off-peak hours and 24 percent will load their smartphone or tablet with
their favorite music, games, and movies.

Eight percent of U.S. respondents plan to take a holiday escape from family
this year.

Hotel for the Holidays
When asked the top reason for traveling for the December holidays, 68 percent
cited it's the time of the year to see family and friends.

Where Travelers Will Stay for the Holidays:

  oHome of family or friends – 49%
  oHotel – 45%
  oVacation rental – 9%

Tis the Season for Mobile Use
Seventy-one percent will use their smartphone or tablet device to plan or
assist in their holiday travel. The primary reasons for smartphone usage
during December holiday travel:

  oChecking the weather – 80%
  oResearching restaurants – 60%
  oNavigation – 54%
  oChecking the status of a flight – 42%
  oResearching or booking accommodations – 41%

Where Travelers are Headed for the 2013 Holidays:
Of those traveling, 29 percent will enjoy a city getaway, 18 percent will
embark on a beach getaway, and 11 percent will visit the countryside.

Top U.S. Cities Travelers Plan to Visit for the Holidays:

1.New York City, New York
2.Orlando, Florida
3.Los Angeles, California
4.Las Vegas, Nevada
5.Chicago, Illinois

"With more travelers choosing the highway over the runway for the holidays,
it's important for travelers to limit the season's stress by giving each other
the gift of patience and goodwill on the road," said Brooke Ferencsik,
director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Those traveling by car will also
enjoy the season's greeting at gas stations with cheaper prices at the pump."

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 260 million unique monthly
visitors**, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than
3.1 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions. The sites operate in
34 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 21 other
travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com,
www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com,
www.flipkey.com, www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk,
www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com,
www.niumba.com,www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com,
www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com,www.travelpod.com,
www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, June 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, July 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.



53% will drive to their holiday destination, according to the 2013 TripAdvisor
December holiday travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)



Chicago, Illinois is among the top U.S. cities travelers will visit for the
holidays, according to the 2013 TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey. (A
TripAdvisor traveler photo



The 2013 TripAdvisor December holiday travel survey reveals inclement weather
is one of the top stressors of hitting the road during the Season of Goodwill.
(A TripAdvisor traveler photo)



45% of those traveling for the December holidays will stay in a hotel, reveals
a recent TripAdvisor survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)



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SOURCE TripAdvisor

Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com
Contact: Julie Cassetina, (617) 670-6529, jcassetina@tripadvisor.com
 
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