AAA: Spring Travel off to Hot Start in Illinois/Indiana

AURORA, ILL., March 12, 2015 ­– – Even though snow is beginning to melt across Illinois and northern Indiana, travelers are still ready to escape to warmer weather and sunny destinations, according to AAA. The majority of Illinois and Indiana residents (72 percent) plan to kick start the spring season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months.
 
“It’s clear that travelers are seeking warm weather destinations this spring as they look to escape the cold after a particularly harsh winter,” said Beth Mosher, AAA spokesperson. “In addition to great domestic destination getaways, cruises, tours and vacation packages to international destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean are also popular vacations this spring.”

The majority of IL/IN travelers (76 percent) plan to travel domestically, 7 percent of travelers are planning international travel and 17 percent plan to travel both internationally and domestically. The top five types of vacations for IL/IN travelers include: city travel (46 percent), beach vacation (32 percent), international travel (21 percent), resort/all inclusive (18 percent) and National/State Park (18 percent).

Nationally, AAA’s top spring travel destinations based on AAA.com hotel bookings, are:
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Los Angeles, Calif. (Anaheim)
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  5. Miami, Fla.
  6. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. New York, N.Y.
  9. Seattle, Wash.
  10. San Francisco, Calif.
Consumers who use a AAA travel agent to help plan their vacation can save up to 35 percent on average with hotel, rental car, and inclusive packaging no matter the destination. For more information on the latest travel deals, visit AAA.com/Travel.

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Illinois and Indiana from January 26, 2015 – February 4, 2015. A total of 405 residents completed the survey. The survey has a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9 percentage points. Overall survey responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Illinois.



 
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