Survey: Family vacations worth the money

More than nine out of 10 Americans agree that “family vacations are worth the money” – even during tough times.

That’s according to a new survey from Expedia, which also found that 85 percent of Americans believe that family time is what makes a trip special.

“I’ve discovered that rather than forgoing a vacation this year, many people are taking shorter trips or hitting the road for a family car trip,” Lee Woodruff, author, travel expert and mother of four, said in a news release. “There are particularly good values available on hotels right now, so creating family vacation memories does not have to be expensive. There’s a lot you can do on a smaller budget.”

In addition, 27 percent of those surveyed say a spontaneous trip is more fun than an outing planned far in advance. The survey also confirmed that the car is a popular method of transportation – roughly seven in 10 said they appreciate the ability to make stops along the way and the chance to see interesting roadside attractions.

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