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Guys or Gals: Who Is More Likely to Get Away?

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | October 23, 2015

Guys or Gals: Who Is More Likely to Get Away?

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A recent survey from AARP Travel reveals that Gen X and Baby Boomer women are more likely to embark on a girls' getaway than their male counterparts are on a guys' getaway.

AARP Travel defines a girls' or guys' getaway as a two- to six-day trip to a U.S. city with anywhere from five to seven lifelong friends or family members.

The study found that women are more likely to be motivated by time spent with friends than men, who are more likely to find interest in adventure or traditions. More than half of female respondents (51 percent) indicated that girls' getaways are mainly about bonding, while 32 percent of men said their guys' getaways consist of activities, including sports and exercise. 

As a result of those findings, it comes as little surprise that women are more likely to take a spontaneous trip, with 26 percent admitting to typically winging it.

While inspiration may differ for guys and girls, both sexes agree that eating and drinking is the No. 1 activity, with 93 percent of women and 85 percent of men in agreement. 

For men, sports (37 percent) and relaxing by the pool (34 percent) are the next best activities. However the study found that after eating and drinking, women on a girls' getaway want to go shopping (66 percent) and sightseeing (59 percent). 

Despite the different activities a traveler might engage in on a girls' or guys' getaway, only a few are keeping secrets. According to the survey, a majority of travelers check in with their significant others while on the trip and share details of the getaway.

And while money may seem to be the biggest obstacle when it comes to organizing a getaway, getting everyone to agree on a date is in fact the biggest barrier, the survey found.

The survey was conducted online this past summer, with AARP Travel polling more than 1,220 males and females aged 45 and above. To qualify for the survey the individuals had to have taken at least one guys' or girls' getaway within the past two years or planned to take one in the next year.

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