Which Hot Summer Trend Will Have You Packing Your Bags? Mary Zakheim May 16, 2016 Travel News, Trending Stories Of the 43 million Americans projected to travel this July Fourth weekend, an overwhelming majority are planning to travel by car – says car lobbying group AAA. If you are one of them, you’re fulfilling one of this summer’s biggest travel trends: taking a road trip! Travel has been the talk of the town as of late – and while we love the reality of falling gas prices and the upcoming centennial of our beloved National Parks (Thanks, Woodrow!), other factors like absurdly long airport security lines and perceived threats abroad play into the makeup of this summer’s projected travel trends. Read on and see if you’re a part of this summer’s hottest trends! Road Trips EpicStockMedia / Shutterstock What do you get when you mix together low gas prices, miles of adventure at your doorstep and a dash of old-school nostalgia? A great American road trip, that’s what. As gas prices continue their downward trend – prices are down an average of 48.5 cents from last year – and Americans’ perceptions of danger abroad increases, more and more groups are choosing to hit the pavement and explore their country from behind their bug-stained windshields. Experiential Travel Olga Danylenko / Shutterstock Millennials are increasingly looking for more from their travels than just a cool picture (though those are nice, too). As the job market gets more competitive, young travelers are looking to add meaningful experiences to accompany those sweet shots on their Instagram feeds. Whether that means embarking on a month-long backpacking trip, traveling around through a series of work exchanges or even taking a year off to refine marketable skills like writing or photography, trekkers are increasingly opting for trips that will allow them to really experience a place – not just see it. Canada As the New Europe canadastock / Shutterstock Oh, Canada! With more than a third of the US population within a day’s drive from our Northern neighbors, the attractiveness of visiting the country is further enhanced by the relative strength of the US dollar, its perceived safety and, of course, its new super-cool-headline-grabbing Prime Minister. As Americans continue to hear about safety threats abroad (think Zika virus and European security issues), a growing number of them are turning their sights northward. And why wouldn’t they? The country is an exciting place for adventurers, families and road trippers alike who want to explore closer to home. Sounds like a no-brainer, eh? (Canadians: apologies for that last bit). Multigenerational Trips Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock Forget the horrific RV trip that you and your family took through the Midwest when you were eight (or was that just us?), the modern equivalent of the family trip comes in the form of specially curated tours or cruises that allows for both family bonding and experiential learning. That could mean a cruise through the Galapagos Islands, a safari expedition in South Africa or a guided tour through a country that is meaningful to your family. Whichever one your brood chooses to embark on, the trend sees grandparents picking up the tab in order to spend quality time with their family and to engage in educational travel experiences. And who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Which trend do you most want to try this summer? Let us know in the comments!