More Americans hit the road

More evidence of an upsurge in travel is coming out of this years National Leisure Travel Monitor, which reports that 58% of Americans took at least one overnight trip 75 miles away from home during the last 12 months, a nine-point gain over last year and the highest level since 1999.

The survey, prepared by Yesawich Pepperdine Brown & Russell/Yankelovich Partners, reported that of those travelers, one-third took at least one trip primarily for business and 93% took at least one trip primarily for pleasure.

Traveling with children is also on the rise, as the report notes that 37% of overnight travelers took at lease one trip with children; 68% took at least one trip with a spouse or other adult; and 26% went solo on at least one pleasure trip during the last year.

The data also confirm that the long weekend has become popular. Trips of four nights or fewer (including a Saturday) account for 56% of all vacations.

Researchers predict that demand will continue to grow in the year ahead, despite concerns about security or rising fuel costs, though concerns about the falling dollar could have an impact on international travel, the report said.

The Leisure Travel Monitor, now in its 13th year, is based on an annual survey of 1,650 U.S. adults.

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Look for additional details on this article in the April 18 issue of Travel Weekly.

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