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New travel trends that might surprise you

Despite gloom in the economic sector, the travel sector is expected to do quite well this winter, according to the newly published Travel Trend Report by Tripolopy, an online travel referral service of Rand McNally. "Not only are consumers beginning to plan and book their vacations and post-holiday travel arrangements further out than they have in the past few years, but they are also willing to spend more money for a quality vacation experience -- taking more time to plan a memorable trip, rather than waiting for last minute travel deals and slashed rates as was the big trend last year,” according to Rand McNally's John T. Peters.

Here are some of the most interesting findings of the report:

The Top Five Most Requested U.S. Cities: Las Vegas, Orlando, Honolulu, New York City and Ft. Lauderdale.

The Top Five Most Requested Travel Destinations: United States, Caribbean, Asia, Western Europe and Mexico.

Length of trips planned: Roughly 75 percent of traveler’s requests are for trips with a duration of fewer than eight days

Average budget per trip: $5,663, up by nearly 20 percent from first quarter 2010 and Tripology's highest trip budget finding since January 2009.

Advanced planning: The number of days until departure (the amount of time between quote request and beginning of trip) increased to 130 days. 

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