Americans Continue to Prioritize Family Vacations
HAMILTON — Americans across the country who are planning their getaways for the summer will continue to take their trips as families.
According to a recent AAA survey, 35 percent of Americans intend to take a vacation, with two or more immediate family members, 50 miles or more away from home this year. As a whole, the overall amount of travelers remains the same as last year, indicating that Americans will continue to prioritize family travel.
However, the study shows that an increasing amount of Americans plan on taking more than one or two vacations this year. Twenty-eight percent of Americans intend to take three or more vacations this year, a 13 percent raise from 2016.
"The old-school family road trip is going to be the most popular mode of transportation," Tracy Noble, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson, said.
Seventy-nine percent of Americans intend on taking such a trip. Trips to national parks and theme parks continue to be popular as well, with 51 percent and 40 percent intending to make plans, respectively.
For families looking for convenience and structure, it can be difficult to find a vacation that accommodates these needs.
"The best way to do that is with an escorted tour; that way you don't have to do all the heavy lifting yourself," Noble said.
According to AAA, the number of Americans planning to take an escorted tour is expected to increase by roughly 7 percent over last year.
For those who are looking for something more local, the Jersey Shore remains a great option.
"We expect the beach season to do well in New Jersey again this year," Noble said.