Survey: More Than One-Third of Americans Will Take a Family Vacation This Year

Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices

Survey: More Than One-Third of Americans Will Take a Family Vacation This Year
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April 26, 2016

As the weather warms across the country and kids eagerly anticipate the end of the school year, millions of Americans are making plans to take a family vacation this year.

According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members in the next 12 months.

AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved nearly $12 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015 thanks to significantly lower prices at the pump. Gas prices this summer are also expected to be the lowest they've been for the season in 12 years. These lower gas prices have helped motivate Americans to drive at record levels, and prompted many families to plan road trips this year.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices, according to AAA's survey.

"Two-thirds of Americans say spending quality time as a family is the most important part of taking a family vacation," said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of Travel and Publishing. "Whether it's a cross-country road trip or a dream vacation to a far-off destination, travel offers busy families an excellent opportunity to share experiences and connect with each other in meaningful ways."

Road trips (69 percent), national parks (49 percent) and theme parks (42 percent) are the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel in the next year. Vacations to international destinations (26 percent) and cruises (19 percent) round out the top five most popular vacation options for traveling families.