Summer is the perfect time for family travel, with plenty of holidays, warm-weather destinations and exciting attractions and sites to experience. According to Vacasa’s 2022 Summer Travel Trends report, 63 percent of Americans plan to travel, with 85 percent of summer travelers planning to vacation more than last year.
Memorial Day is the official start to summer and one of the most popular travel holidays of the year. There is no surprise a lot of people are plan a trip for the long weekend. Most people flock to the beach to soak up the sun and celebrate the start of summer.
Vacasa found the top destinations for Memorial Day are:
- Destin, Florida
- Perdido Key, Florida
- Ocean City, Maryland
- Dauphin Island, Alabama
- Holden Beach, North Carolina
- Newport Beach, California
Mother’s and Father’s Day are coming up as well, and 62 percent of parents booked a weekend getaway in celebration of the holidays. Folly Beach, South Carolina, is the top destination for a Mother’s Day getaway while Bethany Beach, Delaware, is popular for dads looking for a Father’s Day retreat.
Although a lot of people are eager to get back out and explore the world, 20 percent of Americans still aren’t traveling due to COVID-19 concerns. Also, with gas prices so high, one in four Americans are waiting to see if gas prices go down before booking travel.
If your family travel brings you to the greater New York City region, opt for a taste of nostalgia (or the grown-ups and fun and imagination for the kids at American Dream’s Nickelodeon Universe. Since I don’t have children, I recruited my best friend and her 6-year-old twins, Declan and Delaney, to help me check out the Nickelodeon-themed theme park and all the ways it brings to life favorite characters from cartoons both past and present, like Rugrats!, which I watched as a child, and Spongebob Square Pants, which is more Declan’s speed.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Blue Mountain Resort, located in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, offers plenty of activities for family travel. This past weekend, Blue Mountain Bike Park officially opened for summer. The park offers Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and largest bike park where all mountain bikers, from beginners to experts, can navigate 29 thrilling bike trails.
There was a time when traveling by private jet was reserved for the ultra-rich and celebrities looking for luxury and privacy, but, in recent years, a new model of private jet travel opened the door for all of us, including family travelers, to experience this mode of luxury travel.
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Family travelers, there’s a new attraction coming to Saudi Arabia, as it prepares to welcome the country’s first and the region’s largest water theme park, currently under development at Qiddiya, the future Capital of Entertainment, Sports and Culture. Qiddiya will sit outside the capital of Riyadh. Falcon’s Creative Group is behind the park’s master plan.