Traveling planning for the holidays is now in full swing. About one-third of consumers are planning to take at least one trip during the holiday season, an increase over last year. While transportation costs are an unavoidable component of travel planning, consumers have options when it comes to accommodations. Do consumers tend to stay with friends and family when they travel? Or do they opt for a hotel or Airbnb?

We asked our users where they typically stay when they travel to visit friends and family. The poll was conducted on September 23, 2018, and 16,702 users responded. Among those who travel to visit friends and family during the holidays, the majority stay with their friends and family over other accommodations.

Approximately 57 percent stay in the home of their friends and family, 33 percent stay in a hotel, 5 percent stay in an Airbnb or vacation rental, 3 percent stay at a campground and 2 percent stay in another type of accommodation.

Typical Accommodations When Visting Friends and Family

Digging deeper into the poll results, we observed nuances by both generation and gender. Older users are more likely than younger users to stay with their friends and family when they visit. Silent Generation users are most likely to stay with friends and family when they travel as opposed to paid accommodations.

About 64 percent of Silent Generation users (age 70+) stay with friends and family, compared to 58 percent of Baby Boomers (age 51-69), 53 percent of Gen X (age 39-50) and 58 percent of Millennials (age 22-38).

Our poll found that Gen X is more likely than the other generations to stay at a hotel when they travel to visit friends and family at 38 percent. And Millennials are more likely than the older generations to stay in an Airbnb or vacation rental when they visit friends and family at 7 percent.  

Overall, women are more likely than men to stay with friends and family when they travel. Roughly 60 percent of women stay with friends and family when they visit compared to 53 percent of men.

This trend holds true across the generations. Approximately 67 percent of Silent Generation women stay with friends and family when they visit versus 62 percent of Silent Gen men. About 61 percent of Baby Boomer women stay with friends and family when visiting compared to 54 percent of Baby Boomer men. Roughly 57 percent of Gen X women stay with friends and family when they visit versus 47 percent of Gen X men. And 60 percent of Millennial women stay with friends and family when visiting versus 53 percent of Millennial men.