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73 percent of Americans would rather road trip than fly, says study

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You get a familiar pang of anxiety when you go to an airport? You’re not alone. In fact, the average American would like to add six and a half hours on their journey in the time if it meant that they could avoid the airport and the road trip to their destination instead, according to new research.

The new statistics emerged in a study of 2,000 Americans, which found that between the planes, trains and cars, Americans prefer to travel by plane least.

The new research, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of Ford, revealed that three in four (73 percent) of Americans feel that road tripping is simply a much more enjoyable experience than flying.

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Why? According to the study, Americans are the biggest grievances with flying are the delays (55 percent), go through security (50 percent), the tight seats (50 percent) and the inability to get everything they want (44 percent).

But with the road tripping, it’s a different story. According to the study, a scenic view at the top of the list (69 per cent) with the freedom to stop when (69 percent) and pack what you want rounding of the top three (57 percent).

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And the road trips are back in style, too, because more than half of the Americans polled said that they plan on taking one this summer,
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And the road trips are back in style, too, because more than half of the Americans polled said that they plan on taking one this summer, with six out of ten Americans (59 percent) indicate that they plan on taking more road trips in the next five years than in the last five years.

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Yet 63 percent of Americans say that they would actually look forward to a trip more if they were on the way to tripping.

“Millennials came of age in a time when air travel was the democratization. They were known as the globe-trotting generation, but now we are seeing a shift. Many of them are choosing to stay closer to home, family road trips instead and relive their youth for their children, something we call the #RoadTripRewind,” says Sheryl Connelly, chief futurist for Ford Motor Company.

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Top 15 things to do on America’s travel ‘bucket list’, according to the findings:

  • See the Grand Canyon, 36%
  • A Visit To Yellowstone National Park, 35%
  • See The Niagara Falls, 34%
  • Go to Las Vegas, 31%
  • See Mt. Rushmore, 27%
  • Go to Redwood National Park, 27%
  • Attending Mardi Gras, 26%
  • Drive the Pacific Coast Highway, 25%
  • See autumn in New England, 22%
  • Drive from Miami to Key West, 22%
  • See Cape Cod, 22%
  • A Broadway show in New York City, 21%
  • Walk along Venice Beach and the Santa Monica pier, 21%
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, 21%
  • Eat a cheesesteak in Philadelphia, 20%

This story was originally published by SWNS.

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