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.]