Gas prices may be rising, but that hasn’t dampened Americans’ dreams to hit the open road.
About 25% of men and 33% of women say they have not driven across the country but “always wanted to,” according to a survey released last week by the travel website Expedia.com. And 41% of Americans and nearly half of men who were surveyed said they’ve already driven cross country at least once in their lives.
The survey of 2,262 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia went beyond Americans’ automotive bucket lists. It confirmed what previous surveys and studies have found: Tough economic times have forced Americans to turn to cheaper vacation alternatives.
“We believe that Americans are proving to be resilient in a down economy, by driving instead of flying and taking more frequent, shorter trips,” said Joe Megibow, vice president and general manager of Expedia.