A travel group has predicted that Americans will set new records in travel this summer, with the majority taking a car, truck or camper to a vacation spot less than 250 miles from home.
The U.S. Travel Data Center, in its annual projection of summer vacations, said the Southeast will remain the most popular destination, while the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, which are in the midst of an economic recovery, will generate the biggest increase in vacation travelers.Cities, the data center said, will edge out oceans and beaches this year as the preferred destination.
Suzanne Cook, director of the data center, said the traditional summer vacation - "where the parents take the kids on a three-week summer vacation" - is no longer the model for many American households, where more women work and have less time to take long trips.
"We're finding that people are taking more shorter trips throughout the year and not just one long summer vacation," Cook said.
It estimated that Americans will take 136 million vacation trips during June, July and August, up 3 percent from the 132 million trips last summer. Cook said the 1987 travel rate was a record.
The travel data center, a private, non-profit group that promotes travel, developed its forecast from the results of monthly telephone interviews of 1,500 adults.
Cook said the margin of error in the survey is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
The center found that nearly a third of those responding to its survey - 31 percent - said they planned to visit a city, while 26 percent said they would go to an ocean or beach. That is exactly the opposite of the results for the 1987 survey.
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