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The Truth About Holiday Road Trips

December 13, 2018

The roads are expected to be busy this holiday season with plenty of families heading out on holiday road trips, and being stuck in a car for a long time with the fam can certainly test anyone’s patience, especially if there are kids in the car.

Just how bad is it? Well, a new poll finds that parents are likely to hear “I’m tired,” “I have to go to the bathroom,” and “I’m hungry” at least six times each while traveling this holiday season. And then there’s the dreaded, “are we there yet?,” which parents will hear at least five times during the ride.

There will also likely be lots of fighting. The poll notes that a “cargument” is likely to happen within 27 minutes of a trip, with what radio station to listen to the top reason for such arguments. Other top reasons for disagreements include:

  • Temperature in the car (hot/cold) (35%)
  • What route to take (34%)
  • Sitting in traffic (31%)
  • When to stop for bathroom breaks (29%)

Of course one way to keep everyone cheery is to listen to music in the car, with 58% of people saying they listen to festive music while on a holiday road trip. As for what they are listening to, “Jingle Bell Rock,” was the most popular song for trippers to sing along to, followed by “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “I Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Source: SWNS Digital

The Top U.S. Google Searches Of 2018

Wondering what was on everyone’s mind last year? Well, according to Google it was the World Cup. 

The search engine just released their list of the most popular searches on the site this past year, and the World Cup soccer championship in Russia, which was won by France, topped the list.

Last year Hurricane Irma was the most Google searched term, and this year another hurricane lands in second place, Hurricane Florence, followed by rapper Mac Miller, who died in September of a drug overdose. Other tragic deaths also landed on the list, with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who both committed suicide this year, rounding out the Top Five

Top Ten U.S. Google Searches of 2018


  1. World Cup
  2. Hurricane Florence
  3. Mac Miller
  4. Kate Spade
  5. Anthony Bourdain
  6. Black Panther
  7. Mega Millions Results
  8. Stan Lee
  9. Demi Lovato
  10. Election Results

Google also released the top “How To” questions of the year, and it seems the midterm elections influenced the top question, “how to vote,” with “how to register to vote” coming in second. And it seems a lot of folks were dreaming of striking it rich, with "how to play Mega Millions" coming in third.

Top Ten U.S. Google “How To” Searches of 2018

  1. How to vote
  2. How to register to vote
  3. How to play Mega Millions
  4. How to buy Ripple
  5. How to turn off automatic updates
  6. How to get the old Snapple back
  7. How to play Powerball
  8. How to buy Bitcoin
  9. How to screen record
  10. How to get boogie down emote

Source: USA Today

Most People Spending The Same Or Less This Holiday Season

While a lot of people go all out during the holiday season, it seems more and more people plan to rein things in when it comes to shopping for presents this year. A new poll by COUNTRY Financial Security finds that while 50% of people plan to spend the same amount of money on presents this year, 22% actually plan to spend less, and 10% don’t plan to spend any money at all.

Most Americans don’t really plan to go hog-wild with their holiday spending. In fact, 70% of folks say they have specific budgets for the holiday season, with 39% planning to spend less than $250, or no more than $500, while only 17% plan to spend more than $1,000.

As for who they’ll be spending the most on, children are the top priority. Overall, 34% of people plan to spend the most on their kids this year, while 19% will buy gifts for family members, 16% for their significant other, with 3% buying for friends and 1% buying for their pets. Of course, most people also treat themselves, with 7% saying they will spend the most money on themselves. As it should be! 

Source: BizJournals

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