More Americans Plan to Hit the Road This Summer

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments by

NEW YORK, June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, revealed 40% of Americans plan to take more summer vacations this year compared with last year. More than one third (36%) of Americans plan to take two or more vacations this summer; this is an increase from 27% last year. A Travelzoo survey revealed short weekend road trips are the most popular summer vacation type (57%), followed by longer driving vacations (38%), long-haul air-travel vacations (29%) and short air-travel vacations (18%).

“Now is the perfect time to plan a weekend road trip as AAA recently announced that gas prices are dropping,” said Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo. “In addition to saving on gas, we’ve found road trip deals that will save travelers up to 60% on regular rates for hotels, restaurants and attractions nationwide.”

Travelzoo Deal Experts researched and published outstanding deals for popular road trip destinations including Southern California, Chicago, New England and Florida. Travelers can easily find and book deals through the Travelzoo website or the free Travelzoo app for iPhone or Android.

Sample road trip deals include:

Spa Weekend – California

Hotel: $109 — Palm Springs 4-Diamond Resort w/Cocktails
Attraction: $85 — The Saguaro Palm Springs: Spa Day w/Pool, Reg. $157
Dining: $50 — Viceroy Palm Springs: Half Off Dinner & Drinks for 2

Chic City Escape – Chicago

Hotel: $159 & up — Downtown Chicago 4-Star Hotel, Save 45%
Attraction: $4 — Divvy: Bike Downtown All Summer w/24-Hour Pass
Dining: $85 — Yusho: Exclusive 7-Course Chef’s Menu w/Cocktail

Nature Retreat – Maine

Hotel: $99 — Maine Seaside Escape for 2 incl. Credit, 40% Off
Attraction: $59 — White-Water Rafting Trips thru Summer, Reg. $129

Stylish Beach Getaway – Florida

Hotel: $215 & up — 4-Diamond Beachfront Resort, Save 20%
Attraction: 20 Things to Do in Sarasota for $5 or Less

Additional survey statistics include:
Flying versus Driving

  • 75% of Americans are willing to drive 4 or more hours for their summer vacations
  • 44% of Americans are willing to fly 4 or more hours for their summer vacations
  • 97% of Americans are planning a driving vacation compared with only 63% of Americans who are planning a flying vacation
  • 55% of Americans will up to spend up to $300 on roundtrip airfare (per person)

Traveling With Kids versus Traveling Without Kids

  • 56% of Americans with kids will not delay their summer vacation until fall to save money
  • 78% of respondents without kids are more willing to travel in fall versus summer if they could save money
  • 55% of Americans without kids will take a flying vacation compared with 31% of Americans with kids
  • 76% of Americans with kids are willing to drive more than 4 hours for vacation
  • 74% of Americans without kids are willing to drive more than 4 hours for vacation
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