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Dec. 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.
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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:
51% - Booked their flight early
29% - Will drive to their destination instead of fly
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.
42% will spend more on December holiday travel compared to 2011
43% will spend the same on December holiday travel compared to last year
15% will spend less on December holiday travel compared to last year
Among those traveling, 49 percent will spend
$1,000 or more on their holiday travel and 31 percent will spend at least
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
Top Spots for Holiday Travel
The top U.S. cities travelers will visit during the December holidays, according to the survey: