The price of gas and other necessities have risen immensely within the last year. With all the rising costs, one might think the average American family’s travel would be waning. Turns out it’s not.
According to a recent poll sent out on behalf of Travel Guard, 96 percent of those polled said they are in the midst of planning a summer trip of some sort. With rising oil prices driving gas to $4 a gallon or more in most cities, 63 percent of those traveling this summer say that just means they’ll plan to fly to their destination instead of opting for a destination within driving distance.
So, what destinations remain popular with die hard travelers? Apparently, any place where they can get a full cultural and educational experience, say 30 percent of those surveyed. Not far behind are those that choose to cruise, as 24 percent of respondents stated they are spending time at sea during the season of sun.
As it turns out, not only are Americans still traveling, they are also spending at the same or higher rates than in recent years. When it comes to summer travel budgets, 55 percent of respondents said they plan to spend about the same on this year’s summer vacation as they did last year, while 27 percent note they expect to go over last year’s budget. We want to know what you think. Are you planning (or have you taken) a summer trip this year? What destinations piqued your interest and were your spending habits about the same or more than in years past?
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