The Greatest Fears Americans Have About Traveling, Mapped

Plenty of people get nervous before taking a big trip, but not everyone fears the same thing. A new map based on data gathered by the home security company Your Local Security suggests that different regions have different fears about travel.

The company surveyed 25 travel experts and used Google Trends and the keyword research tool keyword.io to figure out what people get most anxious about. Surprisingly, only three states said “flying,” and they all share borders—Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Some, like Nevadans, feared the very likely headache of flight delays, while others feared common annoyances like packing and a lack of Wi-Fi and cell phone service. Massachusetts residents worry about lost luggage, Alaskans are anxious about making it through customs, and Hawaiians, perhaps understandably given their location, are not happy about their likely jet lag. Oregonians and Missourians may take more road trips than cross-country or international vacations, because they were more worried about traffic accidents than planes. Some people fear language barriers the most—perhaps they should take a crack at DuoLingo? And in Texas, their biggest fear was getting homesick.

However, none of these fears should prevent you from jetsetting. After all, if you believe foreign travel warnings, America is full of crime, road rage, and unhelpful taxi drivers. Oh, and terrible plumbing. Meanwhile, many Americans find U.S. shower heads to be just fine, and don’t worry too much about their taxi driver’s directional sense—proving that sometimes, our fears about travel can be a bit overblown.

Each State's Favorite Celebrity Chef

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Whether they specialize in baking, travel, or food science, celebrity chefs are an American obsession. For the map below, USDirect sifted through Google Trends data to determine where in the country television's most famous foodies are most popular.

The late Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations and Parts Unknown, is the celebrity chef with the most widespread appeal. The well-traveled television personality is the top-searched chef in 10 states, including Texas, Florida, and California. Host of Good Eats and Iron Chef America Alton Brown is a close runner-up, dominating search trends in Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, and five more states.

Unsurprisingly, many celebrity chefs are the favorites of their home states. In Louisiana, New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse is number one, while Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes is beloved in Maryland. Pioneer woman Ree Drummond is the favorite food star in her home state of Oklahoma and Cleveland chef Michael Symon takes Ohio.

In Nevada, no one chef reigns supreme. Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Fieri are all tied for most popular, and for good reason—between them, they own 16 restaurants in Las Vegas.

The round-up shows that American chefs aren't the only celebrities people search for in the states: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry of The Great British Bake Off both appear on the map.

To see which celebrity chef your home state loves, check out the map below.

Map of popular celebrity chefs.
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The Most Popular Scary Netflix Series in Each State

It’s October, which means you have a full month to cram as many spooky movies and TV series into your schedule as humanly possible. Of course, you can watch a horror flick year-round, but there’s something about watching it in the lead-up to Halloween that makes it that much more fun.

In celebration of the shows that make us scream and tense up in terror, Reviews.org has created a map revealing each state’s favorite scary series on Netflix. The site started with a list of the most beloved and best-rated scary series on Netflix, then used Google Trends to analyze how popular they were in each state.

By the numbers, British sci-fi series Black Mirror is America’s favorite small-screen fright. It’s the most popular series in six East Coast states, as well as California. Most of the show’s self-contained dystopian plots are entirely plausible, which makes it all the more unsettling. It could get a lot scarier, too. Showrunners recently announced that the fifth season will have an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure episode.

Reviews.org observed some other regional trends, too. Supernatural thrillers featuring vampires, werewolves, and demons apparently do better down south. Bitten, Hemlock Grove, The Originals, and Vampire Diaries are particularly popular in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.

In a blast to the past, Goosebumps (circa 1998) also did well in five states. Some series that made the list—like Dexter, Twin Peaks, and Santa Clarita Diet—blend several genres and don’t strictly fall into the horror category. Still, they certainly have their creepy moments. Our friends from Washington have probably had a nightmare or two about Bob.

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