AAA Texas: Travel Poll Finds Nearly Two-Thirds of Texans Will Travel For Spring Break

Austin Is No. 1 Destination In Lone Star State

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(Irving, TX) – Spring break travel continues to make a comeback among Texans for the third straight year.  Nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents say they plan to take at least one spring vacation this year, according to the fifth annual AAA Texas Spring Break Travel Poll.

Sixty-four percent of those polled said they are planning at least one leisure trip this spring – a 9 percent increase from last year’s 55 percent who planned to travel.  This year’s poll result is also 10 percent higher than the 54 percent who planned spring break trips in 2012 and 2 percent higher than the 62 percent who planned to travel in 2011.

Not only are more Texans traveling this spring, more of them are planning multiple spring break trips, according to the poll.  Sixty-seven percent of those planning trips will take two or more spring getaways, compared to 49 percent in 2013 and 44 percent in 2012. Among the polled Texans who plan to travel this spring, 24 percent will take three or more trips, compared to 21 percent in 2013.

“Spring break travel has greatly increased this year as Texans are feeling more confident about their personal economic situations, gas prices are much lower than this time last year and some unusually cold weather has prompted travel plans to warmer climates,” said AAA Texas Vice President, Branch Operations Rhonda Wilson.

A spring break trip was defined in the poll as a trip at least 50 miles away from home that required an overnight stay during March, April or May.

The top five Spring Break destinations for Texas travelers, according to the poll, are:

Austin (21 percent of travelers)
San Antonio (14 percent)
Galveston and Dallas/Fort Worth (tied with 12 percent)
Houston (10 percent)

“Austin’s South by Southwest festival is a big reason for the city’s No. 1 status on this year’s poll,” Wilson said.

The top out-of-state destinations for Texans this spring break are New Orleans and Las Vegas, with 9 percent of travelers planning to visit those cities.

Those who will be traveling over spring break can budget for gasoline by using AAA’s Fuel Cost Calculator at FuelCostCalculator.AAA.com. The calculator will estimate fuel costs based on the traveler’s make and model of vehicle and the route they are traveling. Travelers can also shop online for the lowest gas prices in any area of the U.S. using the free AAA Mobile app for Android and iPhone, as well as the online version at AAA.com/TripTik.

The 2014 AAA Texas Spring Break poll was conducted from February 26 to March 4, 2014 and surveyed 533 AAA Texas members. It has a margin of error of +/-4.2 percent.