The Great Big 2011 Summer Travel Poll

Posted Apr 13th 2011 07:00 AM


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With summer travel season just around the corner, AOL Travel wants to know what your plans are, your pet peeves, do you go on cruises or family vacays, or stick around for "staycays" – and how global or economic events might be impacting your summer vacations. Come on now, have your say.

2011 has already been an interesting year for travelers (think sleepy air traffic controllers, potential national parks shutdowns and giant holes in airplanes). We asked our Facebook fans where they'll be going this summer, and received a mixed reaction – plenty of enthusiasm and excited travelers, but also some financial worry and international concern sprinkled throughout.

Economic factors aren't playing along in favor of consumers looking for a bargain vacation this summer, as airlines have continued to add on fuel surcharges and baggage fee increases. Gasoline prices in the United States are on the rise as well.

For example, Conrad K. told us on Facebook that his budget won't allow for big travel plans this year: "Staying home - can't afford the gas!!!," he commented.

There are also some destination-specific considerations applicable in the summer of 2011. Repercussions from the disaster in Japan are likely to continue into the summer months, and might restrict some travel plans in Asia.

The political upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East continue to have an effect on summer travel this year as well. While popular destinations (such as Bahrain or the pyramids in Egypt) have claimed that tourism is back to business as usual, a decline in visitors to those regions might not be surprising.

Still, plenty of comments on our Facebook wall reveal readers who are ready to vacation abroad this summer. Debbie H. is excited about her trip to Europe: "Carnival cruise on the magic to Italy and Spain cannot wait!"

Tarcious P. is Caribbean-bound:
"DOMINICA nature island of the Caribbean [sic].. Best choice [sic] ever...;)"

Summer is still prime time to get out for family travel, beach vacations, road trips and more. According to our Facebook page, many of you are looking at Hawaii, New York, and Niagara Falls for summer escapes.

What are you planning for the upcoming season? Will you be spending as much money this year on travel as you have in previous years? Are you packing up for an international adventure, or staying stateside? Take a look at our travelers' poll and give us the stats on where you'll be going – and if some of the global and economic events of the past few months will have an impact on your vacation plans into the next season.

Where are you traveling this summer?
I'm traveling abroad.531 (16.7%)
I'm traveling in the U.S.1575 (49.4%)
I'm traveling internationally and in the U.S.458 (14.4%)
I'm not traveling.623 (19.5%)

How much are you spending on travel this summer?
$0 - $100298 (10.8%)
$100 - $500281 (10.2%)
$500 - $1,000432 (15.6%)
$1,000 - $1,500409 (14.8%)
$1,500 and above1341 (48.6%)

Is the slow economy affecting your travel plans?
Yes1313 (49.1%)
No1363 (50.9%)

Are world events affecting your travel plans?
Yes721 (27.6%)
No1888 (72.4%)

What's your biggest summer travel pet peeve?
Expensive airfare.974 (37.0%)
High gas prices.961 (36.5%)
Crowded beaches.104 (4.0%)
Extreme weather.128 (4.9%)
Annoying tourists.372 (14.1%)
Other (tell us in the comments below).92 (3.5%)

Are you going on a family vacation?
Yes - pile the kids in the van!972 (39.4%)
No - I value my sanity.900 (36.5%)
I don't have a family (aww!).596 (24.1%)

Where do you get summer travel advice?
Travel guides.245 (10.2%)
Travel Websites.1138 (47.3%)
Social media.84 (3.5%)
Travel agents.78 (3.2%)
Friends and family.717 (29.8%)
Other (tell us in the comments below).142 (5.9%)

Are you going on a cruise?
Yes271 (10.7%)
No2261 (89.3%)

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Your ignorant nonsense is disturbing. Mexico is a wonderful country once you get south of the drug wars. Oaxaca, Chiapas and the Yucatan are far safer than much of the USA. I never understand why xenophobes read the travel section.

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June 10 2011 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You that are traveling where do you get the money? Gas prices are nuts. Airlines are charing premiums. It's been years since I've gotten a raise. I know the idea of putting a little a side each week, but it seems like something always comes up. The hot water heater begins to leak. The furance breaks down. My current vehical has over 100,000 miles and is starting to use/lose antifreeze. Really where do you get the money?

May 03 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I live in San Diego and have be to Mexico many times in the last 35 years.........I' ve been from one end to the other..............I would not go even to TJ let alone any place in Mexico today. You have no Idea when they see you as American what goes through there little minds. If you look like you have out.. There are places that won't even take the dollar.............wise up people........

April 23 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am definately going on a cruise. It only costs about $70-$80 per day (per person); but that includes your "hotel" accomodations, your meals (alcohoic drinks extra), and traveling to a new "port" everyday. You can't bet the price and you are traveling around with your own casino and Las Vegas style show room all the time. The rooms are a little cramped, but I am only in the room long enough to change into my swim suit and go to one of three or four pools and/or jacuzzis. Food is available 24 hours a day, no charge. And they do all kinds of shows on board; like the guy that carved an ice statue in something less than 30 minutes. Plus there are several different style night-club type venues, some with music suitable for making you deft and some with music where you can understand the lyrics... How could you ask for more.

April 16 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ever you do don't go to Mexico.They have no respect for laws, theirs or ours.Vacation in the good ole' U.S.A.

April 16 2011 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Your ignorant nonsense is disturbing. Mexico is a wonderful country once you get south of the drug wars. Oaxaca, Chiapas and the Yucatan are far safer than much of the USA. I never understand why xenophobes read the travel section. Two UK citizens were just murdered in Florida, so by your standards no one should vacation in the USA.

April 18 2011 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One word...timeshare

April 16 2011 at 3:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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you got to be kidding................!!!!

April 23 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We live in Arizona - cost keeping house cool in summer can be higher than cost of travel - - June thru September look for a 33 foot 5th wheel and 1Ton dually stopping at a gas station every 200 miles and lovin every minute of it as we travel along the California/Oregon/Washington coast and back - travel in the USA is just too beautiful to pass up

April 15 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are great values here the US,National Parks,Blue Ridge Parkway and many inexpensive 50's style cottages,you just have to look. Of course the best reason is the Cool weather in the easten moutains.

April 15 2011 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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