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No More Staycations: Americans Are Planning to Hit the Road

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Staycation: In the Rear View Mirror. Overall, many families have put the staycation trend that emerged during the Great Recession behind them. Compared to last summer, they are planning to take longer vacations (33 percent), travel farther from home (29 percent) and go on more trips (24 percent).

In a departure from travel planning scenarios of the recent past, nearly one in five families (19 percent) will take a summer holiday trip that they have been putting off for a year or more, a clear sign of the improving outlook for family travel.

Top Trip Picks. Classic road trip destinations still have their allure. Beach vacations are the top pick, selected by a majority (58 percent) of families. Nearly half (48 percent) plan to take theme/amusement park vacations, while many anticipate visiting family and friends (43 percent), state and national parks (30 percent) and lakes (30 percent). Cities are a big draw too, chosen by nearly three in ten families (28 percent).

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