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Study Sheds Light on Travelers' Spontaneous Trip Habits

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | August 22, 2016

Study Sheds Light on Travelers' Spontaneous Trip Habits

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If there's one thing people around the world can agree on it's that a last-minute getaway is a surefire way to find happiness.

A recent survey commissioned by found that 79 percent of people feel taking a spontaneous trip improves their happiness.

The study — which reached out to more than 6,600 adults from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France and Australia — also uncovered that more than 60 percent of people agree that spontaneous getaways make them more productive at work.

What's more, more than two-thirds (68 percent) say last-minute trips reduce stress.

Unsurprisingly, end of the summer is the ideal time for a spontaneous trip, with 48 percent of respondents in agreement.  Additional free time (39 percent), ugly weather at home (23 percent) and school holidays (21 percent) are among the top reasons travelers will make a last-minute trip this upcoming Labor Day,'s study shows.

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However, finding affordable and quality accommodations (76 percent) and expenses (48 percent) are the biggest roadblocks people face when looking to make a spontaneous getaway.

Cities are the most popular destination, according to the survey, with 71 percent of people likely to head to a city. Meanwhile, travelers are also open to the beach and making a road trip.

When it comes to finding a place to stay, more than one-third of travelers (37 percent) are content to book accommodations that they've never heard of when making last-minute plans.

"We know there is a growing demand for instantaneous and on-the-move travel with almost half of worldwide reservations made within 48 hours being booked on a mobile device," said managing director for the Americas Todd Dunlap in a statement accompanying Monday's results.


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