A survey of Nebraskans finds almost three-quarters of them will take a vacation of three days or more requiring overnight accommodations during the year ahead.
The AAA-Nebraska survey finds 73% of respondents plan trips, whether it’s to visit the lake in the next county or to visit Ireland.
The motor club’s Gail Weinholzer says most Nebraskans are heading to warm weather destinations.
Weinholzer says, “It is pretty much in line with previous years, just about spot on for the number of travelers we’re seeing, especially in the last couple of years as the economy’s becoming more robust, more people are traveling across the United States.”
The survey found 15% of Nebraska travelers would be visiting other countries, while 85% will travel only domestically.
The survey found both novice and expert travelers are seeking travel experiences that bring about a deeper connection to the cultures, people and traditions of a destination.
“People are looking to do more than just go to a beach and lay on a beach chair for a week, although that sounds wonderful this time of year,” Weinholzer says. “They are looking to do things that involve new activities, new experiences. They want to see and do new things and check off things on their bucket list.”
Three of the top five domestic destinations are in Florida: Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, with the other two being Anaheim, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
While a growing number of vacationers are flying, the survey found most Nebraskans will be traveling by car.
“We expect a strong economy to keep people traveling,” Weinholzer says. “Obviously, gas prices will be higher this year than last year but certainly we won’t be returning to the $3 level unless something significant occurs.”
The motor club predicts gas prices will top out around two-50 a gallon this summer. The current statewide average is $2.36 a gallon, up more than 50-cents from a year ago.