Americans Plan Summer Travel Well In Advance

by Richard D'Ambrosio
Americans Plan Summer Travel Well In Advance

Americans are planning beach trips in large numbers this summer. Photo: VisitNewportBeach.com

Americans are doing more planning this summer than in the past, a new survey shows, and doing more research—a trend that bodes well for travel agents.

Almost half of the respondents to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker (46%) said they are planning their trips more than one month out from booking, vs. 37% in 2015. And they are visiting an average of six websites for information before booking.

The survey reports that 72% of Americans traveling this summer will vacation in the United States, while 15% will travel overseas.

Millennials are slightly more likely to be traveling this summer, with 89% of them saying they are taking a trip, vs. 80% of the general population.

Weekend getaways are extremely popular this summer, with the average American planning three between now and Labor Day; beach trips and family visits are the two most popular choices. Fourth of July weekend is the most popular, cited by 35%, while 24% got away on Memorial Day weekend, and 21% plan a trip for Labor Day weekend.

  0
  0
Tip of the Day
I was posting about helping my cousin escape St. Maarten, and total strangers reached out to me for assistance because they had no ability to help themselves.

Tammy Murphy, VIP Travel Experience
Daily Top List

Top Three Travel Destinations For Fall

1. Havana, Cuba

2. Lisbon, Portugal

3. Madrid, Spain

Source: Elite Daily

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Central Mexico Rocked By 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake, Dozens Killed
Central Mexico Rocked By 7.1-Magnitude Earthquake, Dozens Killed

The death toll climbed to 104 people as emergency workers continue to search for survivors.

InterContinental Hotels Group Reveals Name of New Midscale Brand
InterContinental Hotels Group Reveals Name of New Midscale Brand

IHG also shared renderings of the proposed properties.

Hurricane Maria Intensifies as it Moves Toward Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria Intensifies as it Moves Toward Puerto Rico

Airlines begin to prepare for a third major hurricane to make landfall on U.S. territory in the last four weeks.

Miami and its Beaches Are Open for Business Post Hurricane Irma
Miami and its Beaches Are Open for Business Post Hurricane Irma

Local tourism officials work hard to shift perceptions formed by last week’s nonstop cable television footage and viral videos of downtown Miami flooding.

Peter Greenberg: Hotels Imitating Airlines Is “the Road to Disaster”
Peter Greenberg: Hotels Imitating Airlines Is “the Road to Disaster”

With four airlines now owning a majority of the market, hotels seem to be heading in the same direction, Greenberg, the travel editor at CBS News, told a meeting of the New York chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.

After Damage Done by Irma, US State Department Issues Cuba Travel Advisory
After Damage Done by Irma, US State Department Issues Cuba Travel Advisory

Though major roads are now open in Havana, conditions on the island still merit caution following damage from Hurricane Irma.

News Briefs
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Imagine Bliss