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Well, there is good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. According to a new survey, only 25% of Americans plan to take a vacation WITHIN USA this year. Bad!
But…the good news is one of the most fun ways to travel is set to make an epic comeback this year.
While the first set of survey results is a letdown since there are so many great places in the US to explore, there is at least hope for a resurgence for a long-lost travel trend.
While digital nomadism and solo travel are taking over the planet, there is an old school way of seeing the world.
Now that the winter plans are coming to an end, the All-American Classic road trip is calling the names of travelers again this spring.
No more icy roads and snowplows, just open roads and blue skies for some of America’s top destinations.
The survey says…
The US survey (powered by What If Media Group) found US commuters ready to put rubber to the pavement this spring.
The majority of participants, 63% in fact, will pack their bags and travel exclusively by car on their next trip.
A number of factors have led travelers to make this decision to revive a classic way of seeing places.
Most importantly, the revenge journey is best served by any means necessary. If that means climbing highways and back roads at 60 mph instead of taking to the skies at nearly ten times that speed, that’s what commuters are willing to do.
But why now?
Lower fuel prices
In an emerging world of electric cars, they don’t exactly cater for road trips with extra stops to charge and the sweat-inducing range anxiety drivers face.
You can’t turn on the news without hearing political ping-pong back and forth about gas prices, but the reality is that fuel has dropped significantly since last September.
Do you also remember the rental car fiasco after the pandemic? Well, that’s long gone too. The bottom line is that traveling by car is much cheaper these days.
These cost-saving measures are much more appealing now and just in time to make Spring Break plans.
Have you ever had those “good ole days” thoughts? We all do. Since we live in a fast-paced society, sometimes it’s good to take a step back.
In other words, the ‘scenic route’ could be much more enjoyable than the way it gives me now. Despite the drop in airfare, travelers are looking for nostalgic experiences.
Maybe you want to visit a place you went to as a child or just seek peace by listening to the radio on a long drive instead of being fed music forced by algorithms.
There is no right or wrong answer, but we all seek it in one way or another. Growing up, we probably all had our dreams of traveling, but we definitely all had the same dream of getting our driver’s license.
There’s just something intangible about an all-American road trip.
Air travel can be the safest, but it can also be the most frustrating in many ways. From overbearing TSA agents to flight delays to packing up and squeezing into tight spaces, at least you have more control behind the wheel.
Sure, you might hit some traffic jams depending on where you’re going, but is there anything worse than flight delays or even cancellations altogether?
Booking flights to faraway places is definitely the most efficient, but when it comes to visiting destinations in our own backyard, road trips have become a lost art.
Flying over the ocean, National Parks and iconic cities offer unparalleled views, but a trip to the coast or the infamous Route 66 is a completely different atmosphere that planes just can’t match.
Plus, bringing pets on a plane is an almost impossible task. You can bring the whole crew without anyone’s permission you need and enjoy the open road at your own pace.
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