HOPKINS, MINN. - According to a survey conducted by DreamPlanGo, the popular website and social community devoted to bringing travelers vacation ideas and trip inspiration, Americans are already busy making their summer travel plans.
America still loves the family vacation: 42 percent of respondents who are planning to travel indicate that a family trip is in the works. National parks are a traditional destination, with Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier and Acadia mentioned frequently. Many travelers also mentioned South Dakota, and beaches.
Today's lifestyles are busy though, and 26 percent of respondents say a weekend escape is the longest they can manage. Adventure travel (13 percent), romantic getaways (11 percent) and guys or girls getaways (8 percent) round out the top five trip ideas.
A full three-quarters of respondents say that gasoline prices have not altered their summer travel plans. Likewise, 75 percent of travelers considering flying say that airline ticket prices have not changed their plans.
The road trip is alive and well in America, with 64 percent of respondents planning to drive to their summer travel destination. And a robust 28 percent of travelers say they will fly this summer; Alaska, Ireland, Paris, Belize and Costa Rica emerged as popular destinations.
Comfort and convenience are big factors, as indicated by the 41 percent of respondents who said a hotel or motel was their lodging choice. Bed-and-breakfasts and inns get the nod from 7 percent of travelers. The outdoor experience has its own following, with 15 percent camping in a tent, trailer or RV, and 14 percent staying at a resort, cabin or cottage, often near a lake or beach.
Visiting family and friends is big on the travel list, as evidenced by the 23 percent of respondents lodging with family and friends at some point in their travels
Americans' vacation plans are shaping up for the summer. As this DreamPlanGo survey reveals, travelers are preparing to get out and get away.