Latest American Travel Statistics Unveiled in Motel 6 Survey


Dallas, TX–A recent study published by Motel 6, a budget hospitality and motel chain operating in the US and Canada, has found that over two-thirds (67%) of their sample set with travel plans this year agreed that the best getaways were usually spontaneous.

The survey polled over 2,000 Americans and also revealed that 73% were possibly planning to visit a surprise destination sometime this year.

“Taking a last-minute getaway is a great way to add some joy into your life,” said Julie Arrowsmith, President and Interim CEO of G6 Hospitality, the parent company of Motel 6, in a press release

Primary findings

The study revealed that a majority of the sample group, specifically seven out of ten (70%), expressed a preference for domestic travel that exceeded three hours away from their city of residence.

A significant percentage of respondents, 78%, shared that they intended to travel with their friends or family instead of traveling alone, while 28% expressed a desire to bring their pets along.

ALSO READ:  Priceline Launches 'Go to Your Happy Price' Campaign

Nearly half (47%) reported that they didn’t plan on sticking to the “travel season” and were likely to travel during off-peak season and on weekdays.

Also, almost a third of the polled group (32%) indicated planning a trip longer than they ever had before.


Nearly half of the sample set (49%) stated that they planned to book hotels or motels during their travels (compared to homestays, ranches, camping and RV grounds, etc.).

Furthermore, 66% of surveyed individuals disclosed that reward programs (hotel loyalty, credit card, discounts, offers, etc.) were important when planning their travels.

About Motel 6

Motel 6 is an economy lodging company established in Santa Barbara, California, in 1962 and currently operates over 1,500 outlets (including sister company Studio 6) across the US and Canada.

This survey was commissioned by Motel 6 and conducted by market research company OnePoll between February 22 and February 27 this year.


Aqil K
Aqil K
Aqil writes about travel, tourism, and covers the many aspects of the digital nomad lifestyle.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


The Nomad Weekly Newsletter

Your weekly roundup of digital nomad news, visa information, destination tips and resources.

Recent Posts

Bermuda Digital Nomad Visa: Your Ultimate Application Guide

Discover the perfect haven \with the new Bermuda digital nomad visa program. Work remotely with stunning beaches and a vibrant community.

Lufthansa Takes to the Skies: US Expansion and a Business Class Evolution

Lufthansa, the German airline, is embarking on a new...

Swiss Bolsters Its Global Network with New Destinations and Expanded European Routes

The Lufthansa Group's prized airline, Swiss, is broadening its...