7212008: Are You Planning Day Trips?

Are the two of you reevaluating your travel plans and considering day trips close to home these days? As the authors of two day trips books (Day Trips from Austin and Day Trips from San Antonio), we’ve long known the fun of day trips as an inexpensive and easy-to-schedule getaway. Recently we polled readers of our travel site about their upcoming travel plans and the results showed that travel is still on the horizon for most, although prices are keeping those plans a little closer to home.

Day Trip or Stay Home?

Fifty-eight percent of all travelers surveyed planned to cut back on this year’s travel plans. Many of those travelers planned to take a day trip within two hours of their home town. Although only 66 percent of those surveyed had taken a day trip this year, three out of four planned to take a day trip in the coming months.

How Travelers Plan to Save Money

Vacationing close to home was the top method travelers chose to save money, with 37 percent of those responding that travel near home would be this year’s strategy. Twenty-eight percent of readers planned to look for free attractions while 19 percent planned to search for online discounts. Eleven percent of readers planned to either dine in their hotel room or pack picnics as a money-saving strategy. Only seven percent of those surveyed said they were not keeping an eye on the travel budget this summer.

What Travelers Look for Online

When it comes to getting online, 45 percent of those surveyed planned to check the Web for discounts at attractions and hotels. Nineteen percent will use the internet to obtain driving directions to minimize driving distances while 15 percent plan to check on free admission days or discounts after certain hours. Thirteen percent are looking for information on free festivals and eight percent of travelers polled are looking for information on free parks.

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