More people would rather travel to snowy destination than warm beach during holidays, global survey shows

NEW YORK — According to new research, 56 percent of people globally refuse to admit the holiday season has begun if there’s no snow on the ground. In a recent survey of 8,500 people across 14 different countries — including 2,000 in the U.S. — 40 percent say they want to travel somewhere colder and snowier than where they live, rather than hotter and sunnier (34%) during this festive time of year.

While those in the U.S. (41%) and India (53%) would rather hit up a busy city than anywhere else, people in the U.K. prefer a rural holiday getaway (31%), and Canadians dream of a beach vacation (32%).

So how many are making a list and checking it twice? One in three (33%) Americans plan their festive season travels only a week before their trip, while Canadians (30%) and Australians (56%) are more forward-looking, making plans a few months in advance.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Hyatt, the survey also shows that globally, 62 percent think the festive season is a great time to cross off a bucket list destination.

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When asked to choose from a list of popular locations, respondents around the world rated Canada (20%) as their top bucket list destination, followed by Italy (15%) and Iceland (14%).

In addition, more than two-thirds (67%) around the world plan to partake in a popular activity in the upcoming months. Respondents in Turkey plan to snow hike (43%), people in Thailand will attend a New Year’s party (36%), those in Brazil will visit the beach (41%), and people in Spain have their eyes set on holiday markets (41%).

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“With many looking forward to celebrating with friends and family during the festive season, we’re excited to offer popular activities such as tree lighting ceremonies, festive meals and New Year’s parties to care for our guests and members and enhance their stays — wherever in the world they choose the celebrate,” says Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, loyalty, brand marketing and consumer insights at Hyatt, in a statement.

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Respondents’ holiday wish lists include clothing and accessories (41%), food gifts such as gift baskets, candy, and chocolate (37%), tech (36%), and travel (33%), such as a vacation or cruise.

Globally, people also plan on extending their holiday season travel time to work from their destination (51%), showing consumers are taking advantage of their flexible work environments and opting for extended stays.

While many are looking forward to visiting family and relaxing, 80 percent noted they plan to explore their destination, including museums and restaurants in the area.

“A third of respondents said traveling to a new destination gets them in a festive spirit. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or solo, this time of year is sure to add some magic to your travels,” Amy Weinberg adds.


This random double-opt-in survey with a sample of 8,500 respondents in 14 different countries was commissioned by Hyatt between October 6 and October 21, 2022. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).

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