Since we have been retired, Mary Ann and I like to travel on the shoulder seasons when school is back in session and it is not so crowded. That’s a big plus of being retired, getting to travel when others have to work.
We are heading up to Tennessee on a road trip soon and hope to see some fall color that has not made it down to us yet. A road trip in this cooler weather will be great. I just don’t want to handle the Summer heat in a car anymore.
We are not alone in our thinking. AARP just did a survey that finds 45+ adults prefer road trips in the fall. As we celebrate the first day of fall adults 45+ are planning their fall getaways and according to a recent study by AARP a majority will be traveling via car. The survey found that 87% of adults 45+ will take at least three road trips this year.
We were just talking about taking more road trips and less flying or even cruises, now that we have the time. We had identified a few places we would like to drive to including the Carolina Outer Banks, Myrtle Beach (the home of the Shag dance) and maybe back up to Williamsburg VA. Also last year we missed our annual trip down to Destin FL, so we need to get that back on schedule.
Key findings from the AARP Survey include:
- On average, the one-way drive time for a Road Trip is 9 hours. Upon arrival at the final destination, road trippers spend approximately 5 days, making the total Road Trip a 7-day excursion. (Note: 9 hour sound like more that we are used to, we usually about 5 hours one way)
- Regardless of drive time, the 45-plus road tripping audience consistently cites their trips involve 2-3 family members driving together in only one vehicle (95%) – likely a car (55%) or SUV (30%). (Note: wife and I equal 2. Don’t think I would want to travel too far with much more. But that’s just me.)
Road trip activities show some differences between Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers:
- Boomers are more likely than Gen-Xers to do some routine maintenance on their vehicle prior to their trip. (Note: Yep, better be safe than sorry!)
- Boomers are more likely to use a car on their road trip, while Gen-Xers are more likely to drive an SUV.
Some common Road Trips must haves:
- Water, sunglasses and snacks top the list of non-tech items.
- And when it comes to tech must-haves (beyond a cell phone), 62% cite cell coverage as imperative, followed by an iPad/Tablet (40%) and a digital camera (39%). ( I agree 100% with the cell phone or should I say Smartphone. Besides directions, you can find anything from places to east to attractions, etc. )
To see more, visit AARP’s Travel Research Survey
Travel Resources also from AARP include:
AARP Fall Travel Discounts:
- Best Western – AARP members save 10% and earn 10% bonus points
- AVIS – AARP members save up 30% plus $30 off weekly car rentals
AARP Travel Tools for Fall Road Trip:
- Road Trip Tools – http://discounts.aarp.org/planyourtrip/index/uSource/HCTN/v2/1