AAA Chicago: 80 percent of Illinoisans will travel in 2017

Aurora, Ill. (January 12, 2017) – All signs are pointing to a busy year for vacationers and the travel industry. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, over 80 percent of Illinoisans will travel this year. Over half (51 percent) will take 2-3 vacations throughout 2017, with the highest percentage of trips (40 percent), planned within the summer months of July - September.  Click here to view more state-specific travel information.

“With much of the country in the midst of a harsh winter, warm-weather destinations in the United States and Caribbean are topping most Americans’ travel itineraries,” said Joseph J. Richardson, President and CEO, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Whether they’re taking a road trip to a well-known domestic destination or visiting an exotic international location, today’s travelers are seeking experiences that are unique and immersive.”

According to AAA, destinations with the most notable increases in travel bookings include Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Toronto and Vancouver, Canada; and Cancun, are topping most Americans’ travel itineraries. The top destinations for 2017, based on AAA’s travel bookings, are:
 

International:

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2)
  2. Rome, Italy (1)
  3. Montego Bay, Jamaica (3)
  4. London, England (4)
  5. Nassau, Bahamas (6)
Domestic:

  1. Orlando, Florida (1)
  2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2)
  3. Anaheim, California (3)
  4. Miami, Florida (4)
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada (6)                                                                                                             *Numbers in parentheses indicate 2016 rankings.
AAA’s travel experts have identified these top trends for 2017:

"Drivers across Illinois and Indiana who are setting out on a road trip will find higher gas prices than last year," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. "Oil prices are forecast to hover around current levels this year, and the average price for gasoline is already about $.50 higher in Illinois and Indiana."

Before setting out on a vacation, travelers should contact their local AAA office for the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience.  Travelers can also download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can be used to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, request roadside assistance and more. For more information or to begin planning a trip, visit AAA.com/Travel.