Instead of an adventurous vacation to Europe or a luxurious cruise, my summer was spent mostly chasing our new puppy around the yard (although I did make time for a short trip to Las Vegas for a journalism conference and was able to continue my annual pilgrimage to Monterey for the Laguna Seca MotoGP race).
Turns out I'm in the minority, because AAA travel club reports that the number of Americans traveling has been on a slow and steady increase for the last two years. AAA's travel data from July 4 of this year showed a 4.9 increase from last year for people trekking more than 50 miles from home to celebrate.
"Americans are still in love with their vacations and they are finding ways to finance those vacations despite the slow-growing economy," said Cynthia Brough, director of public relations for AAA's national office. Brough said that travelers these days are looking for value and economy, however they personally define it.
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Shannon K. Winning contributed to this report.