AAA: More than one-third of Americans plan a family vacation this year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – With summer just weeks away, millions of Americans are already making travel plans for family vacations. According to a recent AAA survey, 35 percent of people nationwide plan to take a vacation at least 50 miles from home, in the next year.

AAA says that low gas prices contributed to more people taking vacations last year, and with American drivers already saving nearly $12 billion on gas so far this year, it looks like they'll enjoy the same thing this summer; in fact, drivers are set to see the lowest gas prices in 12 years this summer. More than half of Americans surveyed said lower gas prices made them more likely to take a road trip this year.

“Low gas prices make road trips more affordable for families to travel this year,” said Brent Stahlheber, Sr. Vice President - Brand Marketing and Travel, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Two-thirds of Americans say the most important part of taking a family vacation is spending quality time as a family. 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, national parks, and theme parks are the most popular types of family vacations. International destinations and cruises round out the top five vacation choices among families.

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