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Tue, May 1st 2018 10:30 am
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AAA Travel bookings reveal top summer vacation destinations
By AAA of Western and Central New York
Millions of Americans are counting down the days until their summer vacations, with most U.S. travelers planning trips to warm weather destinations.
Orlando has kept its top spot as the most visited domestic travel destination, while Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii, have both grown in popularity compared with last summer.
"This is shaping up to be another banner season for travel as Americans look to get out and enjoy themselves in the summer sun," said Carol DiOrio, AAA Western and Central New York vice president of travel. "Travelers are making plans now to visit theme parks, sail away on cruise vacations, relax at the beach and explore cities in the U.S. and across the globe."
Domestic Travel
The top domestic summer travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings for trips June 1 through Aug. 15, are:
  • Orlando (1)
  • Honolulu (4)
  • Anchorage, Alaska (2)
  • Seattle (3)
  • Los Angeles/Anaheim (5)
  • Maui, Hawaii (7)
  • Fairbanks, Alaska (6)
  • Las Vegas (8)
  • Boston (13)
  • Salt Lake City (14)
*Number in parentheses indicates summer 2017 ranking.
Road trips remain the most popular family vacation option for those staying stateside, despite higher gas prices. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those planning a family trip are expected to hit the roads this year.
International Travel
"Many Americans, including those traveling as a family, will venture overseas for their summer vacations," DiOrio said. "More than one-third of families who are planning a trip together this year will visit an international destination."
Rome has regained its standing as the most popular locale for international summer vacations, while Dublin and Paris both continue to climb in the rankings. Beach destinations in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico can also expect an influx of travelers this summer.
AAA's top international summer travel destinations include:
  • Rome (3)
  • Vancouver, British Columbia (1)
  • Dublin (4)
  • London (2)
  • Paris (7)
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica (8)
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (5)
  • Calgary, Alberta (10)
  • Cancun, Mexico (6)
  • Amsterdam (9)
*Number in parentheses indicates summer 2017 ranking.
Summer Travel Tips
AAA's travel experts offer their top tips for travelers planning summer vacations, including:
Plan ahead - Book early for the best deals and availability on hotels, airfare, car rentals and more.
Work with a travel agent - Travel agents often have access to extra amenities and added benefits to help plan the perfect summer vacation. They can also be a tremendous help in the event something changes or goes wrong on your trip.
Be flexible - If your schedule permits, avoid traveling during peak times this summer, including Memorial Day weekend and around Independence Day, to encounter less congestion and fewer crowds.
Safety first - If driving, get plenty of rest before setting out on your road trip. Schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to remain alert and avoid driving drowsy.
Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready - Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Pack an emergency kit that includes a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit, and drinking water and snacks for all passengers.
Pack your patience - Summer is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Expect heavy crowds and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.
To help travelers plan their summer vacations, AAA's professional inspectors have assessed nearly 59,000 hotels and restaurants across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Every AAA Inspected & Approved hotel and restaurant is acceptable for the type of experience it provides. Ratings, from One to Five Diamonds, help travelers find the level of services, facilities and amenities they're looking for on their vacation. Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments in the AAA Mobile app, AAA Travel Guides and TripTik Travel Planner.
For more information and to begin planning a trip, visit AAA.com/Travel.
As upstate New York's largest member services organization, AAA provides more than 870,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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