Need a vacation? 75 percent of Floridians plan to take one in 2017

Floridians are planning to hit the road this year, vacationing in warm weather destinations across the United States and abroad, according to a new survey released Thursday by AAA.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

Roughly 75 percent of the state’s residents are planning to take at least one vacation in 2017. Nearly half of them will take two or three trips, with many opting to travel between April and June, according to the AAA survey.

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The majority of trips will be to warm weather spots, the travel group said.

“With much of the country in the midst of a harsh winter, warm-weather destinations in the United States and Caribbean are topping most Americans’ travel itineraries,” said Joseph J. Richardson, President and CEO, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Whether they’re taking a road trip to a well-known domestic destination or visiting an exotic international location, today’s travelers are seeking experiences that are unique and immersive.”

Those who go by car will find higher prices at the pump.

Monday, Palm Beach County’s average for regular stood at $2.51, up a penny from a week ago, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.

Florida’s average remained unchanged from a week ago at $2.40 a gallon.

“Floridians setting out on a road trip will find higher gas prices than last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Oil prices are forecast to hover around current levels this year, which means the national average for regular unleaded should range from $2.25-$2.75, based on swings in supply and demand.”



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