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Leisure Travel of the 50+

Americans aged 50 and older are taking more weekend trips closer to home in place of a longer-distance annual vacation. Using data from the National Household Travel Survey, this fact sheet examines this overall trend, along with differences among people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Shorter leisure trips may indicate a shift from air travel to vehicle travel among persons in their 50s and 60s. Longer trip distances among persons in their 70s suggests a greater need for accessibility planning and implementation for air, rail, and bus terminals, stations, and vehicles.