These Many Americans Say They’ve Never Seen Snow
A third of Americans have never built a snowman.
That’s according to a new poll of 2,000 people with winter travel plans, where travelers admitted they’ve never taken part in other winter activities such as skiing (42%), battling snowballs (30%) or even the consumption of hot chocolate (24%).
More than half (55%) of all respondents regularly experience snow where they live and only 21% sometimes experience snow.
Of the 25% who have never seen snow, 54% have never seen it.
Even so, 72% of respondents hope to see snow during the holiday season.
Produced by OnePoll on behalf of Motel 6the results showed that seeing snow is not out of reach for many respondents, as they plan to travel to the Northeast (23%) and Midwest (21%) this season.
In fact, respondents plan to cross an average of about three state lines for their winter trips.
In general, respondents are slightly more likely to seek warmer climates (30%) for winter holidays than cold climates (21%). .
Respondents expect to feel comfortable (50%), happy (47%) and peaceful (41%) during their winter vacation this year. It is therefore not surprising that for winter holidays, national parks or campsites (50%), ski resorts (46%) and small towns (44%) are among the most popular landscapes.
But interestingly enough, more than seven in 10 respondents (71%) admit that they are more likely to try a new activity during their winter holidays than during their summer ones.
Respondents (61%) are looking for comfort and familiarity when it comes to winter travel this year. However, this is not the case for summer vacation, as respondents tend to expect adventure (50%) and cultural immersion (57%) on these trips.
“Holidays bring out nostalgic feelings in us, so it’s no surprise that travelers are looking for comfort and familiarity this year,” said Rob Palleschi, CEO of Motel 6. “A great way to instill those feelings is bring back their favorite activities or try new experiences alongside loved ones. And no matter where your travels take you this season, we look forward to being the comfortable place for you to rest along the way.”
Family reunions will be more numerous this year for two in five respondents (40%) and will include children (63%), loved ones (54%) and parents (53%), with some even extending the invitation to friends (49%) and pets (22%).
Almost half (46%) plan to stay in a hotel/motel.
More than half (57%) of respondents say they plan to “cumulate” this winter, that is, add an additional destination or trip to their existing winter travel plans.
The main reason for this is that holidays are the only time when everyone is available to travel (67%).
Just over two in five (42%) of those traveling by car this year plan to take the scenic route to get to their destination, taking their time getting there.
While on the other hand, 40% plan to take a direct route to get to their destination as efficiently as possible.
Although respondents generally plan their winter vacations about four months in advance, this anticipation can be short-lived.
Of the 90% of respondents who have children, 28% admit that their children will start to wonder: are we still there? less than an hour’s journey.
“Holiday gatherings continue to evolve in new ways every year,” Palleschi added. “From including friends, neighbors and pets in celebrations, to stacking travels in order to incorporate as much fun and exploration as possible, it’s always a pleasure to meet those who are on the road and hear about their vacation trips.” p>
WINTER ACTIVITIES THAT AMERICANS HAVE NEVER DO
- Snowboarding – 46%
- Skiing – 42%
- Ice skating – 38%
- Install Christmas lights – 36%
- Sledding – 33%
- Build a Snowman – 33%
- Have a snowball fight – 30%
- Drink hot chocolate – 24%
- See Christmas lights/decorations – 16%< /li>
- Take holiday photos – 11%
- Host a Holiday Party – 4%