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LONDON, U.K. – 15 DECEMBER, 2008 – If you’re seeking a little festive cheer, steer clear of trains, planes and automobiles, reveals new research from TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel community.


Over a third (38%) of Brits consider the run up to Christmas to be the most stressful time of year to travel – whilst a further 33% believe travellers are at their rudest at this time of year.


Service delays and overcrowding turn transport systems in to battlegrounds, reveals the survey – with 40% of travellers confessing to being less willing to surrender their seat than usual and
22% swearing more than usual on their journeys.


Meanwhile, festive stresses lead a further 18% of travellers to jump queues, 11% to argue with fellow passengers and 23% to drink more alcohol than usual.


“It seems that manners are officially last season, with seasonal stresses leading many travellers to adopt a ‘survival of the fittest’ approach at this time of year,” said TripAdvisor spokesman, Luke Fredberg.


Despite the stresses involved, 40% of Brits intend to travel over the Christmas period – with
22% planning a getaway with their partner, 5% going on holiday with friends and a further
20% planning to visit family at home.


Staying with relatives merely adds to the festive burden, however – an overwhelming 73% of travellers admit they would rather stay in a hotel than with family this Christmas.




Notes to editors:

534 British travellers took part in the TripAdvisor Survey (December 2008)