12 2013

Survey: Thanksgiving Travel, Spending Up

TripAdvisor Thanksgiving Travel Survey

Travelers are cooking up big travel plans for Thanksgiving this year. The TripAdvisor 2013 Thanksgiving Travel Survey has revealed that almost 40% of Americans plan to travel, a 7% increase over last year. Most of them (57%) plan to hit the road, while the remainder will fly.

 

And the number of people traveling isn’t the only thing going up. Over 45% of travelers say that they’ll be spending more on Thanksgiving travel than in 2012.

  • 14% plan to spend more than $3,000
  • 21% expect to pay $1,000-$2,999
  • 23% are budgeting $500-$999

 

Shopping malls will be crowded along with roads and runways, as 45% of U.S. respondents plan to take a Black Friday shopping trip, a 12 percent increase from those that anticipated doing so in 2012.

 

Check out some other fun facts from the survey…

 

Navigating the Stresses of Turkey Day Travel

  • 70% of travelers admit to being stressed by Thanksgiving travel; travelers’ top sources of frustration:  congested roadways, crowded airports / long security lines, and inclement weather
  • 64% plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic
  • The busiest day for Thanksgiving travel will be Wednesday, November 27 (27%)
  • 16% will eat at a restaurant on Thanksgiving, with their top cited reason being to avoid cooking
  • 8% of travelers will seek to relieve stress by opting to pay for an accommodation rather than stay with family and friends

 

Tapping Technology for Thanksgiving

57% percent of travelers plan to use a mobile device to assist their Thanksgiving travel. Among the group, 85% will turn to a smartphone, while 47% will consult their tablet.

 

The top five reasons travelers plan to utilize their devices:

  1. Check the weather (70%)
  2. Use navigation (51%)
  3. Research restaurants (40%)
  4. Check flight status (36%)
  5. Check-in to a flight (35%)

 

Not Everyone Staying at Mom’s

While 44% of those traveling for Thanksgiving plan to stay at the home of family or friends, 34% will hunker down in a hotel, and eight percent will rest in a vacation rental.

 

Most Popular Thanksgiving Destinations

The top U.S. cities travelers plan to visit:

  1. New York City
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Boston / San Francisco

 

Do you have travel plans for Thanksgiving this year? How will you navigate the weekend?

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