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Where will you take yours? New survey reveals family holiday plans for the year

There is nothing better than packing up your car and heading on a road trip on your holidays, at least according to new research on people’s travel plans for this year.

Families are planning road trips.
Families are planning road trips. Image by Thomas Barwick/Getty Images
Road trips are most popular for families.
Road trips are most popular for families. Image by AAA survey

Millions of families are starting to make arrangements for their getaways this year with 28% of people intending to take at least three trips. A survey by the American Automobile Association found that road trips were the most popular trip of all for people living in the USOverall 79% wanted an “old school family road trip” and were planning a four-wheeled holiday in their car or RV to see all that their country has to offer. Just over half of all those surveyed said they planned a visit to one of the USA’s 58 national parks, the best known of which include Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.

AAA have published a survey about family travel habits.
AAA have published a survey about family travel habits. Image by AAA survey

Theme park holidays were also popular with two in five travellers planning a trip to the likes of Disneyland, Universal, and SeaWorld. A third of the people surveyed were planning a trip internationally with 20% saying they were going to take an ocean cruise. The research also showed that people still love to travel as families and more than one third were planning a trip with family members. Bill Sutherland of the American Automobile Association (AAA) said: “families continue to see the value of travelling as a way to bond and reconnect in today’s busy world. 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 survey exposes US family holiday habits.
The survey exposes US family holiday habits. Image by AAA survey

Also growing in popularity were escorted tours with 22% of people saying they were planning a guided trip. The AAA said many travellers preferred the “structure and convenience” of group tours and to learn about their destination from knowledgeable local guides.

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