- Business Advocacy
Millions of families across the U.S. are now busy planning getaways for summer vacation and long holiday weekends throughout the year, according to the Alhambra branch of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
A recent AAA survey found that more than one-third of Americans (35%) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year. The overall volume of travelers remains unchanged from last year, indicating that Americans continue to prioritize traveling as a family.
While most families (70%) 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% of Americans who will take three or more family vacations this year is 13% 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 Jacqueline Garcia, manager of the Auto Club’s Alhambra branch. “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 old school family road trip (79%) and visits to national parks (51%) and theme parks (40%) remain the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel this year. Trips to international destinations (33%), going on guided or escorted tours (22%), and ocean cruises (20%) are also popular with family travelers.
Those planning to pack up their cars for a road trip this year will be in good company. Compared to 2016, 10% more families are expected to take road trips this year, despite average gas prices that are 47 cents higher than they were this time last year.
The number of American families planning to take a guided or escorted tour is expected to increase 7% 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 Ms. Garcia. “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.”
To help families find the best hotels and restaurants, AAA’s professional inspectors have evaluated nearly 59,000 hotels and restaurants across North America. Travelers can find AAA-rated hotels at AAA.com/diamonds, on the free AAA Mobile app, and in TourBooks and TripTiks available at the Alhambra branch as member benefits.
And before setting out on a family vacation, travelers should visit the Alhambra branch, 401 E. Main St., or phone 626-289-4491 for the expert advice of a trusted travel adviser who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. Also, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app can be used to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, find nearly 59,000 AAA-approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, request roadside assistance, and more.