Gasoline, Airline Ticket Prices Haven't Dampened Americans' Demand for Summer Travel
Americans' vacation plans are shaping up for the summer, as travelers are preparing to get out and get away. According to a new survey from DreamPlanGo, a website and social community devoted to bringing travelers vacation ideas and trip inspiration, 42% of respondents who are planning to travel indicate that a family trip is in the works. National parks are a traditional destination, with Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier and Acadia mentioned frequently. Many travelers also mentioned South Dakota, and beaches.
Today's lifestyles are busy though, and 26% of respondents say a weekend escape is the longest they can manage. Adventure travel (13%), romantic getaways (11%) and guys or girls getaways (8%) round out the top five trip ideas.
A full three-quarters of respondents say that gasoline prices have not altered their summer travel plans. Likewise, 75% of travelers considering flying say that airline ticket prices have not changed their plans.
The road trip is alive and well in America, with 64% of respondents planning to drive to their summer travel destination. And a robust 28% of travelers say they will fly this summer; Alaska, Ireland, Paris, Belize and Costa Rica emerged as popular destinations.
Comfort and convenience are big factors, as indicated by the 41% of respondents who said a hotel or motel was their lodging choice. Bed-and-breakfasts and inns get the nod from 7% of travelers. The outdoor experience has its own following, with 15% camping in a tent, trailer or RV, and 14% staying at a resort, cabin or cottage, often near a lake or beach.
Visiting family and friends is big on the travel list, as evidenced by the 23% of respondents lodging with family and friends at some point in their travels.[Source: Survey conducted by DreamPlanGo.com. 25 Apr. 2013. Web. 9 May 2013.]