Lower gas prices could lead to more family vacations

AAA Michigan Survey shows 35% of Americans are planning trip this year


DEARBORN, Mich. – Millions of Americans are making plans to travel with loved ones this year, according to a recent AAA survey.

Thirty-five percent of Americans are planning to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members in the next 12 months. 

AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved nearly $12 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, and drivers this summer should pay the lowest gas prices in 12 years.

These lower gas prices have helped drive Americans to drive at record levels, and prompted many families to take road trips this year.

Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices.

“Low gas prices make road trips more affordable for families to travel this year,” said Brent Stahlheber, Sr. Vice President - Brand Marketing and Travel, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Two-thirds of Americans say the most important part of taking a family vacation is spending quality time as a family. Whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a dream vacation to a far-off destination, travel offers busy families an excellent opportunity to share experiences and connect with each other in meaningful ways.”

Road trips (69 percent), national parks (49 percent) and theme parks (42 percent) are the most popular types of vacations for families planning to travel in the next year. Vacations to international destinations (26 percent) and cruises (19 percent) round out the top five most popular vacation options for traveling families.