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Americans Pumped Up About Fall Travel

September 23, 2008

 Americans Pumped Up About Fall Travel

Sept. 23, 2008 – A recent TripAdvisor survey shows that Americans plan to travel this fall. According to the survey, 82 percent of Americans are planning a trip for leisure purposes this fall. This is up from 70 percent last year.

Twenty-nine percent of U.S. respondents, and 25 percent of respondents worldwide, plan to take more car trips this fall than they would have if gas was still at its summer high prices.

Additionally, the top reason for Americans to travel this autumn is that the timing is most convenient, according to 22 percent, while 17 percent pointed to fewer tourists and crowds. Twenty-four percent of U.S. respondents said they expect to take a "staycation" this fall. Twenty-seven percent of all survey respondents surveyed said economic concerns would be the greatest deterrent for traveling during the fall, however, 39 percent said nothing would deter them from taking an autumn trip.

While New England is the favorite fall destination according to 24 percent of worldwide travelers, more travelers plan to visit the southern U.S. (14 percent) than New England (10 percent) this autumn.

  • Twenty-one percent of U.S. travelers plan to take a trip to view the colorful foliage, while 17 percent of worldwide respondents intend to do the same.
  • Twenty-six percent of U.S. respondents, and 22 percent of worldwide travelers, said they will visit a winery in autumn.
  • Fifty-eight percent of U.S. respondents plan to go to a festival this fall and 14 percent intend to visit an arts and crafts festival, and 12 percent a beer festival/Oktoberfest.
  • Thirty-three percent of worldwide travelers said they’ll visit a beach this autumn.
  • Thirty-five percent plan to travel to a city destination.
  • Twenty-five percent will travel to a historical site.
  • Twenty-nine percent of travelers intend to take a romantic getaway.
  • Twenty-three percent are planning a weekend break,
  • And 21 percent plan to take a family adventure this fall.
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