Imagine being stuck in traffic on a 90-degree day when your vehicle's air conditioning system malfunctions. With summer heating up, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists be car care aware and have their A/C system checked to make sure it is working properly.
Leading online travel agency eDreams, which has a presence in 33 countries including the U.S., has revealed that music really strikes a cord in the hearts of American tourists.
While some travelers prefer to stop at a highway rest area when they need a break, the latest poll from PEMCO Insurance found that a majority of drivers who travel long distances would prefer to stop at retail locations instead.
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of the most popular periods of the year for travel. According to Expedia data, the average trip duration in the summer is two times longer than the rest of the year, meaning travelers are looking for their dollars to stretch even further for airfare and lodging.
More Americans plan to travel with family this year than last. Of those taking family trips, 55% will travel with their spouse and children, and 20% will travel with extended family, according to a recent study by TripAdvisor. July is the most popular month for family trips. Sixty-six percent of family travelers will hit the beach, while 46% will visit the city and 33% will make their way to a national park.
The U.S. travel industry is expected to continue growing in 2014, as consumers are increasingly becoming more confident in the economy and are comfortable spending more of their discretionary income on travel. New surveys highlight popular destinations and cruise trends for the new year. In addition, business travel will increase substantially in 2014 and further trigger growth in the travel and hospitality industries.
Bing Travel recently issued its 2010 Spring Break Forecast, which reveals a 9% increase in spring break airfare over 2009, coupled with a 15% decrease in domestic hotel rates. Although domestic airfare is higher this year, domestic hotel rates continue to drop for popular spring travel destinations such as Las Vegas; Maui, Hawaii; and Orlando, Fla., and reveal an average decline of 15% over 2009. To make the most of their travel budgets, consumers should choose destinations, travel dates and hotels that have decreased rates and could bring down the cost of the total trip.
As travelers focus on value, vacation rentals are attracting many first-time renters who are looking for greater value from their travel dollar. According to new data from HomeAway Inc., 87% of travelers who looked into a vacation rental in the past say they plan to stay in a vacation rental in 2010 — a significant increase from the 67% who stayed or plan on staying in a vacation rental in 2009. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue even as the economy improves, as there has been a significant shift toward value in the overall consumer mindset.