Surveys show the 9/11 terrorist attacks
altered the travel patterns of many Americans. Trips closer to home
became popular and more travelers opted for driving vacations.
Today, many of
those travel patterns are not as pronounced, but a new survey
conducted by ASTA shows one trend has remained constant -- family
Ever since 9/11,
families have been spending more quality time together, said Kathy
Sudeikis, president and CEO of ASTA.
to ASTAs 2004 Family Travel Survey said that over the past three
years, they have seen on average a 19.9% increase in family
For purposes of the
survey, family travel was defined as parents traveling with their
children or grandparents travel with their grandchildren. However,
agents (50.6%) also noted that during the last five years they had
seen an increase in single parents traveling with their children.
The ASTA survey found families are traveling beyond traditional
Cruising has become
a popular option for families, Sudeikis said, partly because
[parents] dont have to worry about making dinner
The popular cruise
lines for families were Royal Caribbean (41.5%), Carnival (35.9%),
Princess (9.0%), Disney (2.8%), Norwegian (2.5%) and Celebrity
The top factors for
influencing where families travel included: something for everyone
(57.9%), cost (37.8%), time (3.3%) and distance (1%).