Survey Says: US Travelers Want to Eat Healthy on the Go

TripAdvisor survey finds most travelers avoid tempting treats and keep moving


The majority of U.S. travelers want to eat healthy and exercise during their getaways, according to a TripAdvisor survey. Some 69 percent said that healthy eating is important, and 53 percent often walk, swim, hike, use cardio machines, or bike while on the road.

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The travel website interviewed 1,400 U.S. travelers to examine the role of healthy eating and exercise in Americans’ vacations.

Some 66 percent of all respondents said they often eat healthily on vacation, with 58 percent packing healthy foods for the journey to their destination.

The majority of travelers, 62 percent, order healthy menu items while vacationing, and 37 percent said they store wholesome foods in the hotel fridge. But tempting treats abound on vacations, and 65 percent of those surveyed said they are more likely to overindulge on food on vacation than while at home, while 49 percent are more likely to overindulge on alcohol.

To prepare for culinary trip temptations, 36 percent of travelers said they have dieted in preparation for a vacation, while 33 percent have started a diet after a vacation. Some 29 percent say they always or often gain weight during a trip. But no matter how they choose to eat, 81 percent of those surveyed said they rarely or never feel guilty about their vacation excesses post-trip.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.