05/29/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2019 07:39
Study reveals nearly half of millennial travelers have had a bad travel experience with a friend; 52% of Gen Z travelers stopped speaking to each other after a terrible trip
Take the travel companion quiz ahead of National Best Friends Day June 8 and earn up to 10% off your next trip
DALLAS, May 29, 2019/PRNewswire / -- While planning a vacation with your best friend may sound like a fun way to spend time together, a recent study by Travelocity®1 finds that friends can actually make the worst travel companions. In an online survey fielded ahead of National Best Friends Day on June 8, at least half of all millennial travelers say they've had a terrible travel experience with a friend, and for Gen Z travelers, a bad trip has big consequences. More than half (52%) of travelers ages 18-24 stopped speaking after a lousy vacation together.
'More than 80 percent of travelers agree that you don't really know someone until you travel with them,' said Laura Molnar, senior brand manager at Travelocity. 'Personality differences are the biggest problem. Nearly half of respondents (48%) told us that they just couldn't deal with loud, rude or annoying friends or those who didn't share the same interests.'
Best friends aren't always the best travel companions
According to study, friends make the worst travel companions (47%), followed closely by family members (30%). Significant others (15%) ranked third on the list, while spouses and coworkers faired the best. 'Respondents were half as likely to cite their spouses as bad travel companions, proving there might be something to traveling with someone before you marry them,' said Molnar.
Age and maturity were also strong indicators of whether or not a friendship can withstand a vacation together. Millennials (44%) and Gen Z (37%) were most likely to report a bad travel companion while Boomers are the least likely to complain about a travel partner. 'Younger travelers are nervous about taking a trip with someone they haven't traveled with before,' said Molnar. 'It seems that with age comes either the ability to put up with more or the wisdom to select a better travel mate.'
Don't get burned by a bad travel partner
Based on results from their survey, Travelocity created a short quiz to help vacationers find out whether they'll be travel BFFs before embarking on a trip this summer. From June 8 through June 30, anyone who completes the quiz at Travelocity.com/TravelCompatible will receive a 10 percent off promo code to book a trip, whether they decide to travel together or not.
'We want to help travelers plan a stress-free trip together, even before they pick a travel partner,' said Molnar. 'The more friends know about their vacation styles, the better they'll be able to plan a successful vacation, no matter where their travels take them.'
Via the quiz, travelers match with one of six travel personality types based on how they like to spend their time on vacation and the level of decision-making they want. The profiles range from 'Explorer' and 'Vacation Bum' to 'Balance Seeker' and 'Take Charge' traveler. From there, quiz takers learn which companions are best suited for their style and explore ideal destinations and activities for a drama-free trip together, like enjoying the spa, hanging by the pool, or hiking the toughest trails in Yosemite National Park.
Some recommendations for 'Vacation Bums' include lounging beachside in sunny Fort Lauderdaleor aligning chakras in low-key Sedona. For 'Balance Seekers' Travelocity suggests a vacation that's an equal mix of action and relaxation, like biking and sipping around Napaor surfing and snoozing along Hawaii'sbest beaches.
Travel Companion Fast Facts
1 Report based on online survey conducted by Qualtrics in November 2018among 507 U.S. respondents ages 18-64 who have traveled for leisure in the past 24 months.
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