TripAdvisor today announced the results of the latest installment of TripBarometer, the world's largest traveler and accommodation survey1 focusing for the first time on the Psychology of Travel. The biannual study, conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos, highlights country, regional and global travel trends according to more than 53,000 travelers and hoteliers around the world, with more than 5,900 respondents from the U.S. The TripBarometer: Psychology of Travel report examines the motivations behind travelers' vacation choices, traveler emotions at the various stages of a vacation and the post-trip impact of travel. U.S. Travelers Prioritize Unique Experiences, Family Time and Cultural Enrichment When asked what they want out of vacation, the top priority for U.S. travelers was to have unique and interesting experiences, according to 66 percent of respondents. "Travelers from Barcelona to Beijing crave unique and interesting experiences. Whether they get a few days or a few weeks of vacation, they want more from their trips than time spent lounging by the pool," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer, TripAdvisor. "The TripBarometer: Psychology of Travel report shows us that travelers want their vacation to count – it's about broadening horizons, feeling immersed in local culture and sharing the experience with loved ones." The Emotions of the Travel Lifecycle for U.S. Travelers The TripBarometer shows that the travel lifecycle is an emotional experience, as feelings ebb and flow throughout various stages of the trip: Globally, men have a higher tendency to feel 'knowledgeable' (27%) at the booking stage, whereas women are more 'excited' (60%). Twenty-two percent of men report feeling 'in control' on departure and 15 percent of men say they feel 'confident' once back home, higher than the global average at both stages. In contrast, hoteliers have an opportunity to entice travelers when they are excited, and to contribute to their guests feeling more knowledgeable throughout their stay. As part of the study, hoteliers were asked what actions they took throughout the traveler journey to relate to their guests. Fifty-two percent of global hoteliers say their main priority is to ensure a smooth and efficient process at booking and 36 percent are keen to minimize any potential stress leading up to arrival. "The results of the TripBarometer highlight that hoteliers can stand out from the competition by providing unique and enriching experiences. And while it's no surprise that travelers tend to be excited when they book and prepare for a trip, hoteliers are missing an opportunity to capitalize on that excitement and begin building a lasting relationship with their guests. Only a minority of hotels are currently making this a priority, but those who do also tend to receive more repeat guests," said Marc Charron, president, TripAdvisor for Business. The Post-Vacation Impact on U.S. Travelers When asked what a return from vacation is most likely to prompt them to do, the vast majority go about researching their next trip and also make some lifestyle changes: 1. Plan more vacations – 76% (66% globally) 2. Introduce new food into diet – 55% (38% globally) 3. Become more open minded and tolerant of others – 49% (45% globally) 4. Have more appreciation for home city – 41% (34% globally) 5. Focus more on relationships with friends and family – 31% (23% globally) For additional information about TripBarometer, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/tripbarometer and download the global report.