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article imageAmericans do plan to travel this summer

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By Tim O'Brien     May 17, 2012 in Travel
Good news has arrived for those who work and depend on the leisure travel business. Americans are looking to travel this summer. This good news comes from TripAdvisor.
"The majority of U.S. travelers are committed to their leisure summer travel plans, whether gas prices are up or down," said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Even if it takes cutting back on mileage and staying closer to home, the vast majority of Americans will take summer trips."
As for spending during these incursion, more than 27 percent of travelers surveyed said they will spend more on leisure summer travel than they did in 2011, while 47 percent plan to spend the same amount as last year, and 26 percent expect to spend less.
Now, they need a place to stay and 70 percent will stay at a hotel this summer, up three percent from 2011, while 31 percent will stay at the home of family or friends. And 20 percent will spend their time in a vacation rental home.
Since the official kick-off to summer in the United States is Memorial Day Weekend, let's take a look at the results. The survey indicates that more than 34 percent plan to travel over that weekend. That is up eight percent from 2011.
Meanwhile, of those traveling on Memorial Day, 70 percent will get there by car. Twenty-seven percent of those traveling by car will travel between 100 and 200 miles to their getaway spot, 19 percent will go 50-100 miles and 17 percent will drive more than 500 miles.
This was also echoed by AAA. They project 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, an increase of 1.2 percent - or 500,000 travelers - from the 34.3 million people who traveled one year ago. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.
"The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly, however, American consumers faced a new challenge this year as steadily increasing gas prices throughout the spring significantly squeezed many household budgets," said Brad Roeber, AAA Chicago Regional President.
Now, after the travel dust has settled, here are the destination in which American travelers will settle.
Northeast - 35 percent
West - 31 percent
Southeast - 30 percent
Midwest - 22 percent
Southwest - 17 percent
"Americans will still travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend but, many will compensate for reduced travel budgets by staying closer to home and cutting entertainment dollars," added Roeber.
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