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How Republicans and Democrats Travel

Republicans prefer a free breakfast from their hotel, while Democrats prefer free Wi-Fi.

| BY Kent McDill

Democrats and Republicans in the United States agree on very little these days, and that includes the decisions they make when traveling.

Hipmunk, a hotel and airline booking company, has determined the differences between what Democrats and Republicans prefer in their personal excursions. Surveying 1,000 frequent travelers who identified themselves as either Democrat or Republican, Hipmunk determined the many ways that Democrats and Republicans differ in traveling preferences.

For instance, Democrats and Republicans travel differently before they ever get to the airport. Democrats are far more likely to use ride services such as Uber, or public transportation, to get to the airport, where Republicans are much more likely to drive themselves.

Democrats are more likely to overpack. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats report exceeding their carry-on limits (and apparently getting away with it) while only 19 percent of Republicans do.  Democrats are also more likely to roll their clothes (49 percent to 41 percent of Republicans) while republicans are more likely to fold their clothes into squares (46 percent to 39 percent of Democrats).

Republicans are more willing to pay for first class (30 percent to 22 percent of Democrats) and are more loyal to hotel brands (29 percent to 21 percent of Democrats).

Once they get to their destination, Republicans most enjoy receiving a free breakfast from their hotel (46 percent to 36 percent of Democrats). Democrats care more about free W-Fi (37 percent to 30 percent of Republicans).

In regards to where they like to go on vacation, 36 percent of Republicans prefer beach trips to 22 percent of Democrats, while 21 percent of Democrats prefer going to the big city to just 9 percent of Republicans.

The destination determines the activity, with 35 percent of Democrats preferring walking tours on their trip to 40 percent of Republicans wanting to sit by the pool.


About the Author

Kent McDill


Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.

In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.

McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.

McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy  Buffett and all things Disney.