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Old-fashioned road trips the latest trend

Driving in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas.

Driving in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Alamy / Robert Landau

Old-fashioned road trips are trendy again.

Surveys from the American Automobile Association, Ford Motor Co. and travel and hospitality firm MMGY Global show they’re as popular as ever. For starters, flying can be unpleasant and expensive — and the more people taking the trip, the cheaper it is to pile everyone in a car.

MMGY Global’s 2017-18 Portrait of American Travelers survey found road trips represented 39 percent of vacations taken by American travelers in 2016, up from 22 percent in 2015. The top reason: the ability to make stops along the way. Other reasons include the ease of taking pets along and the ability to make plans at the last minute.

A recent AAA survey concluded that even though gas costs more now than at any time since 2014, that’s not keeping people home. AAA found that road trips were the most popular option for family vacations in its survey.

In Ford's report, “The New American Road Trip(pers): How ‘Digital Nomads’ and Technology Blur Work and Play,” 50 percent of respondents said road trips are appealing because you can be “more spontaneous” when you’re driving.

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