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TripAdvisor survey shows 84% undeterred by increasing fuel costs

Americans hitting the road this fall despite rising gas prices

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced the results of its annual fall and Labor Day travel survey of more than 1,400 U.S. respondents

NEWTON – 85% of travelers plan to take a leisure trip this autumn and 84% said rising gas prices will not affect their fall travel plans.

Fall Travel Trends

  • 34% plan to spend more on fall travel than they did in 2011, while 42% plan to spend about the same amount and 12% plan to spend less than they did last year.
  • Among those traveling, 61 percent plan to take more than one trip.
  • Of those taking fall leisure trips, 72% are planning a hotel stay and 18% will rent a vacation home.
  • 13% are taking international trips, 23% will travel both internationally and domestically, and 64 percent will take only domestic trips.

Automobile Outings

  • 70% of travelers plan to travel by car for their autumn getaways.
  • Among the 16% modifying travel plans due to higher prices at the pump, 51% are driving shorter distances and 46% are driving less often.
  • With rising gas prices in mind, 27 percent are willing to drive 100-200 miles, 21%t will go 200-300 miles, and 16% plan to drive over 500 miles.

Top 5 Fall Activities:

  • View colorful fall foliage – 39%
  • Go wine tasting / visit a vineyard – 26%
  • Go to a state / county fair or fall festival – 22%
  • Attend a football game / collegiate homecoming – 20%
  • Go to a food festival – 20%

Leaving for Labor Day

  • 27% are planning to travel this Labor Day weekend, up from 22% who traveled for the holiday last year.
  • Among those traveling, 64% anticipate driving, and 31% will take to the skies.
  • Of those traveling for Labor Day, 21% are planning an outdoor trip, 21% will take a beach trip, and 17% will go on a city escape.

Additional Fall Travel Tidbits

  • 22% cite fewer crowds than in the summer as their top reason for fall travel, while 20 percent say they travel in the fall for the weather.
  • 42% of fall leisure travelers will enjoy a city trip, 31 percent will take a cultural trip, and another 31% will head to the beach.

“Fall is always a popular season for weekend getaways to enjoy foliage and festivals,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor. “It’s clear that rising gas prices won’t be a roadblock for U.S. travelers who look to the fall for comfortable temperatures and smaller crowds.”

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