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Families will take more vacations this year

Florida travel up from last year

A multi-day severe weather outbreak, including tornadoes will continue in parts of the South and Midwest. Follow these tips from CNN for (hopefully) calm travels.
A multi-day severe weather outbreak, including tornadoes will continue in parts of the South and Midwest. Follow these tips from CNN for (hopefully) calm travels. (iStock / Bosca78)

TAMPA, Fla. – More than one-third of Americans are planning to take a vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members this year, according to a recent AAA survey.

Florida travel sales for January are up by 25 percent compared to January 2016, a reaction to a number of factors, according to AAA.

"We are seeing pent-up travel demand drive growth in travel bookings,” said Kevin Bakewell, vice president of corporate public affairs, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Some chose not to travel last year due to terrorism concerns, the threat of the Zika virus and the presidential election."

Road trips still lead the list of family vacations with 79 percent of those surveyed planning on hitting the road, despite average gas prices that are 47 cents higher than they were this time last year.

National parks (51 percent), Theme Parks (40 percent), International Destinations (33 percent), Guided or Escorted Tours (22 percent) and Ocean Cruises (20 percent) round out the top six vacation plans.