If you need a moment away from family during the holidays, you’re not alone, according to new research from Motel 6. Today, the economy lodging brand that lets you “save more for what you travel for™” released its second annual holiday travel survey, revealing that while Americans prioritize family get-togethers over the holidays, it takes less than four hours before they need a break from their extended family.

he survey, which polled 2,000 U.S. adults traveling to visit family for the holidays, found that 75 percent will hit a point where they need time away from the crowd, and they can be creative in their ways of escaping. One in four Americans surveyed have hidden in a relative’s house to take a moment alone, while 37 percent have gone so far as to make an excuse and leave the house altogether.

Ninety-five percent of respondents believe it’s important to spend the holidays with family, but two in five of those planning to stay with family admit that it can be a stressful experience. Almost one-third (30 percent) of respondents believe they would enjoy the holiday season more if their family came together without all sleeping under the same roof, and the same number (30 percent) say their family would actually get along better if they had some space.

“We know how important it is to be with family during the holidays, and whether you need a place to stay or just need to get away, Motel 6 will leave the light on for you,” said Rob Palleschi, chief executive officer at Motel 6.

Stressful sleeping arrangements
While two of the top reasons Americans stay with family over the holidays are because it is cheaper and more convenient (47 percent), this doesn’t equate to comfort.

That could be because there is not enough space for everyone: Americans report an average of two people will end up sleeping on something other than a bed this holiday season. When hosting family, nearly 40 percent say organizing sleeping arrangements is one of the most stressful parts of preparing for guests.

With these cramped conditions, it’s not surprising that when staying with family, the top concerns are a lack of privacy (22 percent), family getting on each other’s nerves (20 percent) and drama between family members (20 percent). That’s in addition to feeling like they’re imposing (19 percent) and having the house be too loud or busy (18 percent).


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