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AAA Travel Lists Top Summer Vacation Destinations

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June 26, 2012
Aurora, Ill., (April 24, 2012)- Throngs of vacation loyalists are still traveling despite rising fuel costs, according to a recent AAA Travel survey and sales data.  AAA Travel’s lists of top summer vacation destinations include choices popular with American families for generations within the United States and around the world.  Many seasoned vacation loyalists are expanding their travel horizons to exotic faraway lands.  They are receiving expert guidance from the more than 3,000 travel counselors located within more than 1,000 AAA Travel offices across the United States and Canada.      
   
Last year, several airlines made cost-saving adjustments by reducing seating capacity, consolidating routes, and replacing large aircraft with smaller more fuel-efficient regional airplanes.  Those capacity reductions coupled with this year’s rising jet fuel costs have resulted in price incentives for consumers from many travel suppliers.  Savvy summer vacation loyalists have been taking advantage of those price incentives especially for international travel.  Vacationers can visit the nearest AAA Travel office or AAA.com for more price incentive information.
  
AAA Travel’s Top Summer Vacation Destinations by travel category are:
 
AAA’s Top Summer Land Vacation Destinations:  
Orlando, Florida
Honolulu, Hawaii
Rome, Italy
London, England
Anaheim, California
 
While London has always been an attractive destination for travelers, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Games this year has helped the city land among the top five.    
 
AAA’s Top Summer Cruise Vacation Destinations:
Caribbean
Alaska
Bahamas
Europe
Bermuda
 
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) forecasts that more than 17 million vacationers will cruise the world’s waterways in 2012, one million more than last year. AAA Travel sales data shows significant increases in cruise bookings for the summer family vacation season and throughout 2012 and into 2013.       
 
AAA’s Top Summer Exotic Vacation Destinations: 
China
Peru
The Galapagos
The Amazon
India
For seasoned vacation loyalists, many of these locations serve as ‘bucket list’ destinations that include once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a visit to Great Wall of China. Peru and the Galapagos have become popular adventure travel locations with many traveling to see Machu Picchu and the unique wildlife of the Galapagos islands together.   
Planning a vacation can be overwhelming.  Utilizing the expert services of a knowledgeable travel counselor will save vacationers countless hours of research time.  Travel counselors at AAA receive frequent travel updates and stay abreast of price changes, travel alerts and continuously monitor the overall travel landscape. Their time, personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge enables them to offer valuable destination tips and sightseeing recommendations adding irreplaceable value to the vacation price.   
AAA Chicago is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada. Its mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. 
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AAA Chicago is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 8.5 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories, including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois, Minnesota and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 53 million members in the United States and Canada. Its mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
 

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