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When Travel Calls, Americans Answer

When Travel Calls, Americans Answer
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How spontaneous are you? According to a nationwide study by Hilton’s loyalty program, the majority of Americans would. Half of those polled said they would take a last minute weekend getaway, and that number shoots up to 80% when the trip is free.

Hilton HHonors has teamed up with AT&T for a “Travel is Calling You” sweepstakes where they are giving away two weekend getaways a week as part of the hotel chain’s Great Getaway summer travel promotion.

From now until August 22, every Thursday between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., a representative from Hilton HHonors will call two people and once they pick up the phone and say yes to a free weekend trip, they will be awarded a two-day stay at any of the 4,000 Hilton hotels and resorts, which are located in 90 countries.

Winners also get a $500 American Airlines gift card to book a flight, and a $500 American Express gift card for travel extras. You can sign up on their website: traveliscallingyou.com/web.

Top travel picks

Would you just take off without a destination in mind? Well 39% of Americans would, according to the survey. If offered an all-expense paid weekend getaway the top five destinations cited are: Hawaii, New York City, Puerto Rico, San Francisco and New Orleans, according to the Hilton HHonors study.

While many Americans would take off without much notice for a weekend getaway, the Hilton HHonors study results showed that about a quarter of Americans consider themselves spontaneous in their everyday lives.

Blowing off steam and having fun are also a part of the spontaneity equation. Would you get a tattoo on the spur of the moment? Thirteen percent of Americans would, while another 20 percent said they would go skinny dipping.

Why some can’t go

While the results suggest that Americans want to take last minute getaways, some real world issues may hold them back even if they win a free trip. When you take money out of the equation, the top three reasons holding Americans back from being spontaneous weekend travelers are: work (47%), commitments to family and friends (41%), and issues with pets and significant others (23% each).

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