Top summer vacation destinations listed
ORLANDO, Fla. - Large numbers of vacation loyalists are still traveling despite rising fuel costs, according to a recent AAA travel agent survey and travel sales data. AAA Travel's lists of top summer vacation destinations include choices popular with American families for generations within the United States and around the world. Many seasoned vacationers are expanding their travel horizons to exotic faraway lands. While many Americans head to their computers when planning a summer getaway, planning a vacation can be overwhelming.
"Many Americans consider travel a mainstay to our way of life and are loyal vacationers," said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services. "While some Americans may modify their travel due to rising fuel costs, those who can are still choosing to travel and they are traversing the world."
Last year, several airlines made cost-saving adjustments by reducing seating capacity, consolidating routes, and replacing large aircraft with smaller more fuel-efficient airplanes. Following those capacity reductions and this year's rising fuel costs, some travel suppliers including tour companies and cruise lines have begun offering price incentives to attract travelers. Savvy summer vacationers have been taking advantage of those incentives especially for international travel.
AAA Travel's Top Summer Vacation Destinations by travel category are:
Top Summer Land Vacation Destinations:
Leading the way in popularity for summer travel are vacations to the Orlando area, consistently holding the valedictorian spot in the top destination class year after year.
Top Summer Cruise Vacation Destinations:
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) forecasts that more than 17 million vacationers will cruise the world's waterways in 2012, one million more than last year. AAA Travel sales data shows significant increases in cruise bookings for the summer family vacation season and throughout 2012 and into 2013.
Top Summer Exotic Vacation Destinations: