Democrats and Republicans Are Even Divided on Travel

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In this weird moment we’re living through, United States citizens find themselves increasingly divided by their politics, and those differences extend to our travel preferences. According to a new survey commissioned by The Cashlorette, a finance blog for women owned by Bankrate, our preferred destinations correspond with our political leanings both domestically and internationally.

For domestic travel, Democrats most often prefer California, with Hawaii in a close second, while Republicans choose Montana and Alaska more prevalently than their friends across the isle . (Independents go for Hawaii.) Thirteen percent from each party made essential swing state Florida their number one destination (although, we have a hunch their destinations within the state differ).

When it comes to traveling internationally, 11 percent of Republicans say they wouldn’t travel outside the United States, while 5 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of Independents say the same thing. Another 7 percent of Republicans don’t know which country they’d like to see, compared to just 2 percent of Democrats.

Far more Democrats are drawn to France, while Republicans would look forward to a trip to Ireland in larger numbers. The one place we all agree on? Italy (pictured above, on a hill in Tuscany). It’s really, really hard to take issue with a trip to Italy. The food is just too good.

Perhaps most interestingly, Democrats are more likely to travel solo than Republicans. Thirty-three percent of Dems have gone on vacation alone, versus 21 percent of Republicans. Furthermore, 58 percent of Republicans say they would never travel alone, versus 48 percent of Democrats.




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Sarah is the founder and editor of Flung, the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, and a widely published travel and culture writer. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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