Top 5 vacation spots for the cost-conscious

 

As spring awakens and the country’s fiscal health begins to perk up, so has the state of national travel. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than two million Americans took trips that were at least 50 miles away from their starting point and spent at least one night away from home in 2011, versus under two million in 2010.

These stats support the optimistic 2012 travel forecast posted in Travelocity’s Annual Traveler’s Confidence Report. Here are some key findings:

• 53 percent of respondents plan to travel more in 2012 than they did in 2011, despite a lack of confidence in the state of the economy.
• Of those who plan to increase their travel in 2012, about two-thirds plan to also increase their travel budget.
• 79 percent of respondents anticipate spending the same or more on flights in 2012.

Click to the next slide to discover Travelocity's top five inexpensive national destinations for the period of March 1 – April 30: