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Fluffy towels, laundry detergent and our favourite snacks – the home comforts Canadians just can’t do without on vacation

70% say the need for somewhere to feel like home is so great they’ll bring elements of their own home with them; 72% have the best time on vacation when they can make themselves feel more at home; 59% like it when their host treats them more like a friend

TORONTO – February 8, 2017 – It’s said there’s no place like home, and new research reveals how even when on vacation, Canadians crave their familiar home comforts and are most happy in accommodations—whether it’s a villa, apartment, bed & breakfast or hotel—that feels like home.

A recent survey conducted by, the global leader in connecting people with the most incredible places to stay, found that despite almost half of Canadian travellers (48%) saying trying new things and experiences on a vacation makes them happy, their accommodations need to feel like home (67%).

The study shows how for many travellers, staying somewhere that makes them feel like they’re at home is the secret to travel happiness. Accommodation hosts and staff hold the master key to this happiness. Almost two thirds (59%) of those questioned say they like it when their host treats them more like a friend and that a friendly host can make or break a vacation (68%).

In fact, eight out of ten Canadians believe a truly great host who takes care of small inviting details, such as fluffy towels, well-stocked cupboards, and giving them local insider knowledge, is something that brings them real happiness while on vacation. Reviews are critical in the travel planning process, and if somewhere there’s mention of a great host, Canadian travellers are more inclined to book there (61%).

Extreme Measures

For almost three quarters of Canadians (72%), the need for somewhere to feel just like home is so great that they’ll even bring elements from their own home with them, including candles, lucky charms and even their own bedding to make sure their accommodations absolutely feel like their own personal sanctuary.

Top 10 items brought from home by Canadian travellers:



Food/ Snacks


Air Freshener


Hair Dryer








Beer / Wine


Tea Bags / Leaves


Washing powder / liquid


Eight out of ten say returning to their accommodations every evening is a vacation moment that makes them happy while they’re exploring an exciting new destination and is definitely part of the plan – the satisfaction of knowing they have somewhere comfortable to return to keeps happiness levels at a maximum the whole vacation long.

And just because travellers want to stay in accommodations that feel comfortable and like home doesn’t mean they want to scrimp on standards. In fact, over half of Canadians (51%) do want their accommodations to include some elements that are different to what they experience every day, and 14% will accept nothing less than 5-star luxury.

It’s no wonder travellers put such importance on their accommodations, as nearly nine out of 10 Canadians (86%) say seeing their accommodations for the first time is their happiest vacation moment.

Top 10 accommodations requirements by Canadian travellers:

A comfortable bed


A picturesque view


Free Wi-Fi


Soft pillows


Nice toiletries


Complimentary bottle of wine on arrival


Waterfall shower


Great room service menu


Coat hangers and wardrobe space


A well-stocked mini bar


“We travel to broaden our horizons and experience new things, but travellers also want to take risk out of their vacation plans. That’s where home comforts—which can take many forms—and a friendly face come in. What makes somewhere feel just like home varies tremendously, which is why people want to have a diverse range of vacation accommodations to choose from,” said David Mau, director of product,

“With over 1 million properties worldwide that have more than 23 million bookable rooms in over 30 kinds of accommodations, there’s something for every type of traveller on What’s more, with over 102 million verified reviews from people just like you, travellers can be sure to find somewhere that feels like home.”



For further information, contact the Canadian Press Office:

Nicola Conte / 416.360.6522


Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people from each of the 17 markets who had taken at least 1 domestic or international vacation in the past year. In total, 17,157 respondents (18+ years) were surveyed from the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Russia, USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Data was collected from September 9 to October 4, 2016.

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