Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and kicks off summer vacation planning season. According to a recent Travelocity survey of 1000 Americans, 65 percent of those polled stated that they were more likely to take a road trip this summer compared to last summer.
While it's clear that low fuel prices are likely driving Americans to take more road trips, Travelocity's survey also looked at why road trips are still popular when it comes to travel.
While the majority of those surveyed replied that the destination is what they most look forward to, a full one-third of those polled felt that the best part of a road trip is the journey itself. This sentiment was echoed by a number of Travelocity customers who were asked what they loved most about going on road trips. According to one veteran Travelocity customer, sharing and enjoying their favorite music on the road by "making road trip mixes" is the best part of a road trip, while another noted that it is "…fun to pull over to random roadside attractions. Those usually create long lasting memories and stories that will forever commemorate the trip."
When asked about what person with whom they would least want to undertake a road trip, 35 percent of those surveyed responded that it would be "the fussy child", followed by "the one who needs frequent bathroom breaks" (20%) and "the backseat driver" (16%).
When asked how long they could go without needing to stop for a break, the average across those surveyed was five hours. However, when broken down by gender, the difference turned out to be substantial. While on average, women feel that they could go just over four hours between stops, while men claim that they can go almost an hour longer before having to pull over.