Start packing your suitcases and beefing up that vacation fund: 2014 is the time to take those long-awaited trips.
At least that seems to be the conclusion of a number of recent surveys and reports researching Americans’ travel habits, NBC reports.
With the recession finally in the rearview mirror, more of us are planning to hit the road: 133 million Americans intend to take a trip in 2014, versus 129 million who did so last year, according to an American Express report. It’s also not just a stateside trend: The United Nations World Tourism Organization anticipates international travel will grow by 4 to 4.5% in 2014.
Even so, most travelers are keeping budgets in mind when booking those vacations. The same American Express research revealed that less than half of Americans actually intend to shell out more for their trips than they did last year. That could explain why wallet-friendly “all-American road trips” are on the rise—47% of travelers are planning to drive to their destination, versus just 43% who did so in 2013.
Even so, it looks like the travel industry is seeing gains on both ends of the budget spectrum, from road trippers to jet-setters alike. More Americans are heading to a foreign country this year, compared with last year, and high-end luxury travel is also expecting its promising trend to continue. ”2013 was our biggest year since 2008,” Andrew Collins, the president of a private jet company, told NBC.
For those on a more modest budget, check out our roundup of the best low-cost vacations for 2014 to plan your getaway. Or tell us in the comments: Where are you headed this year?