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New York, NY, November 16, 2011 - AutoSlash.com surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. travelers about their upcoming holiday travel plans and uncovered the celebrities travelers most want to run in to, the technologies they can't travel without and their overall sentiments on traveling around this upcoming holiday season.
When asked about the celebrity they would most like to run into in a chance encounter during their holiday travels, the majority of those surveyed answered President Obama, beating out Oprah, the next most popular choice 2-1. In order of desirability, the list of celebrities US travelers want to run in to, include: Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon and Anderson Cooper.
When it comes to technology, a resounding 64% of US holiday travelers say the one gadget they could not live without while traveling is their cellphone/smartphone. Laptops and MP3 players place at a distant second and third place for travelers, capturing just 13% and 10% of responses (respectively). Perhaps surprisingly, only 4% of respondents say they need their eReader (such as Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook), Tablet, (such as the iPad), or GPS.
While financial factors are a concern for Americans, still, a majority (64%) of travelers are heading out of town for the holidays this year. For those who are traveling, 53% plan on flying, while 47% will drive to their destination. Of those who are flying, 35% plan to rent a car at their destination.
When asked what they dislike most about holiday travel, a majority of travelers (51%) responded that it's the high costs of flying and renting a car. Next on the list of gripes are holiday crowds at the airport (25%), holiday traffic on the roads (19%), and airport screening being overly invasive (6%).
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