AARP Unveils 2016 Top 7 Travel Trends for Boomers

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As 2015 starts to wind down, Americans are starting to make travel plans for 2016. But what are Americans – particularly Baby Boomers – looking for in their 2016 vacations?

A new survey released today from AARP Travel (, a valuable resource for America's 76 million Baby Boomers who spend more than $120 billion annually in leisure travel, provides some great insight into how Americans want to get away in 2016, from desired destinations to lodging options to favorite trip planning tools.

“The vast majority of Baby Boomers are planning to drive, fly or set sail on leisure trips in 2016, with an average of 4 or 5 trips already in the works,” said Stephanie Miles, vice president of Products & Platforms for AARP. “Boomers make up a large segment of the traveling public, and so it's particularly important for the travel industry to be aware of what Boomers are looking for in their vacations going into 2016. This new survey finds that their travel desires often differ greatly from younger travelers.”

Here are seven highlights from the new survey:

The online survey was conducted September 17-28, 2015 among males and females 18 and older who had taken at least one trip 50 miles or more away from home, with a two-night stay, in the past two years.

The survey can be found at Here's a tweet if you would like to share the new survey: New @AARP Travel survey reveals Boomers’ 2016 vacation plans: #travel #2016

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