We’ve been called a lot of things through the years, haven’t we, Texans? Loud, boastful, full of ourselves, cowboys, braggarts, and the list could go on and on. And the truth of the matter is that Texans are a little of all of the above. We are proud of our state and our Texas heritage, and maybe we do remind others of it a wee bit too much, huh?
All that aside, however, I read something recently that made me sit up and take notice.
“When it comes to home-state pride, Texas has an outsized reputation. Now an analysis of hotel booking trends shows that Texans are putting their money where their “Don’t mess with Texas” mouths are.
“Travel booking site Hotwire looked at hotel stays booked by residents of the four largest cities in Texas. The results? The top-three most-booked places from each of the four largest cities in Texas are all other cities in Texas.
The numbers show that Dallas residents’ top-three cities are Houston, Austin and San Antonio.
Houstonians stay most often in Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.
Austin seems to travel to Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
And those who live in San Antonio tend to travel to Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Austin.
So what’s the deal?
I suppose Texans just like Texas. Of course, Texas is also large enough to offer coastal area, forest, city life, the old west, and pretty much everything else in between. There is also the little fact that driving the length or the width of the state would equal driving across several eastern states, and I’m sure that is a factor.
“Clearly, Texans like Texas,” says Hotwire spokesman Clem Bason, adding that many also have “’deep roots in the area.’”
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