More family roadtrips in 2017?

According to a recent AAA survey, Americans planning to pack up their cars for a road trip this year will be in good company.

Compared to last year, 10 percent more families are expected to take road trips this year, despite average gas prices that are 50 to 65 cents higher than they were this time last year. Seventy-nine percent of families say they plan on taking to the highways this year.

The AAA survey shows that more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home with family members this year.

While most families (70 percent) are planning to take one or two vacations, there is a significant increase this year in the number of Americans who say they are planning to take three or more vacations. The 28 percent of Americans who will take three or more family vacations this year is 13 percent higher than in 2016.

“Families continue to see the value of traveling as a way to bond and reconnect in today’s busy world,” said Krista Mullenger, Vice President of Travel, AAA Oklahoma. “The best way to wrap up a family vacation is to start planning the next one, as more and more Americans are starting to do.”

The good old-fashioned family road trip (79 percent) and visits to national parks (51 percent) and theme parks (40 percent) remain the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel this year. Trips to international destinations (33 percent), going on guided or escorted tours (22 percent) and ocean cruises (20 percent) are also popular with family travelers.

The number of American families planning to take a guided or escorted tour is expected to increase 7 percent over last year. “While many Americans enjoy the flexibility of a road trip, there are some families who prefer the structure and convenience of a group tour,” said Mullenger. “Many tours are specially designed for multi-generational groups, plus there’s no better way to learn about a destination than from a knowledgeable, local guide.”

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