Home for the Holidays

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, December 17, 2009

  family Getting the family together for the holidays often means piles of kids sleeping on the floor, adults crammed onto lumpy sofa beds and long waits for the shower. While this kind of togetherness can be good thing, many travelers – and their hosts – actually prefer a little more space and privacy.

Surveys by hotels.com show that the vast majority of respondents would prefer that their relatives stay at a hotel during the holidays.

  • 87 percent of those surveyed said they would want at least some of their relatives to stay at a nearby hotel
  • 43 percent said they would want their cousins to stay in a hotel
  • 42 percent would prefer their aunts and uncles do the same

Hosts said they usually end up feeling like a combination of chef, maid, waiter and concierge. That can lead to an exhausting and tension-filled holiday.

 Hosts aren’t the only ones who might prefer a hotel. The majority of U.S. adults (63 percent) miss amenities, such as Internet access, provided by hotels when they stay with relatives or friends during the holiday season. Also:

  • Ten percent of 18- to 44-year-olds said they miss the availability of a fitness center when staying with relatives over the holidays
  • Ten percent of 18- to 44-year-olds would also miss in-room entertainment, such as movies and video game systems

Staying at a hotel can be a welcome escape from the holiday chaos. Your host can relax more and actually enjoy the visit. And you can get some privacy as well as quality sleep in a comfortable bed. You can also take advantage of fitness centers, room service, pools and hot tubs to help keep you relaxed.

 If staying in a hotel isn’t an option, you can make the best of your stay with relatives. Here are some tips from the travel experts at Country Inns & Suites By Carlson:

  • Take time for yourself. Go out for a short walk, run some errands or grab a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop.
  • Avoid hot topics that will most likely lead to disagreements. Try to remain neutral or just politely bow out of that conversation.
  • Make sure the kids get some down time, too. Constant activity can put anyone on edge, so plan a movie night or a quiet meal out with just immediate family.
  • Plan to return home at least a day before school and/or work resumes, so you can do laundry, grocery shop for the coming week, and rest up from road travel .

 Going home for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little planning, and a little time apart, it can be a merry time for everyone.

 Visit www.countryinns.com to find convenient accommodations wherever you’re traveling.

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