Baby boomers like to hit the road on short getaways rather than a big once-a-year-trip and spend an average of $3,000 annually on vacation travel, a new survey says. And when they go, it's usually with their spouse or partner -- not with children or grandkids.
Travelers in the age 50-plus crowd take two to four trips a year, often with less than two months planning time, according to the survey.
And boomers don't shy away from using the Internet either. Sixty percent of the budget-conscious travelers said they prefer to stay at hotels and favor those that include Internet connection, breakfast, airport shuttle, business centers and other amenities in the room price.
"We know that our members take a couple of trips a year and stay for about a week, what we call the everyday life travel, traveling short distances to visit family and friends, and they look for the amenities they are used to at home," Dave Austin, vice president of marketing services, AARP Services Inc, said in a statement.
The survey was conducted by Homewood Suites by Hilton.