The folks at the regional AAA travel office tell us 2013 saw increased travel and 2014 is supposed to see even more venturing away from home.
Doreen Loofburrow, vice president of travel services for AAA Oregon/Idaho compiled a list of travel trends along with and some practical advice.
France will surpass Italy as the go-to destination this year. Why? This June marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will be commemorated by hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. And just think, the most famous Norman of them all, William the Conqueror, considered Normandy a nice place to be from.
Apparently nation’s in financial turmoil are good places to extend your own resources: See Greece. AAA also suggests India and short cruises produce bang for the buck.
So you haven’t outgrown Harry Potter? His fans will note Universal Orlando theme park is opening a new area with attractions inspired by Diagon Alley and London, including a restaurant called the Leaky Cauldron. AAA also reportsWalt Disney World in Florida will be opening a new family roller coaster, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, in recently expanded Fantasyland. Also debuting this spring: A Disney Festival of Fantasy daytime parade.
For those of you who actually paid attention in fifth and eighth grades, this marks the 100th anniversary of Panama Canal’s official opening. Many cruise lines have added Canal Zone cruises to mark the milestone.
Finally, the helpful folks at AAA remind us of two programs to help you navigate the security mazes: TSA Pre and Global Entry. Both have an application process and a fee, but taxation has its privileges.