AAA Reveals Top Four Travel Trends for 2014

Phoenix, Dec. 30, 2013. As 2013 draws to a close, many travelers already are making vacation plans for next year.

“As a travel source, AAA keeps travelers informed of the latest and greatest the industry has to offer,” said Amy Moreno, senior travel manager for AAA Arizona. “There are some exciting trends emerging and some existing trends starting to appeal to more and more travelers for 2014.”

To help travelers pinpoint potential trips next year, full-service travel agency AAA is forecasting the top four travel trends and hotspots for 2014:

  • Panama Canal. Travel to Latin America increased 8.3 percent in 2013 according to the International Air Transport Association. AAA projects this trend will continue in 2014 as August marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the canal. Centennial celebrations including historical and cultural exhibitions hosted by the Panama Canal Authority will be a draw for travelers across the globe. In addition to lush rainforests, Panama offers rich culture including Indian and artisan villages’, and 16th century historic sites. 
  • Italy will continue to be a European hot spot as food and wine trips grow in popularity. The country offers an abundance of  history, culture, culinary and wine delights. With so much to see and do in Italy, specialized trips and tours are becoming more common. For example, AAA is giving away a dream vacation to the Chianti region of Tuscany that includes Italian cooking classes and winery tours.
  • Rail travel is another trend that continues to pick up steam. When traveling by train, the transportation becomes part of the experience. You can sit back and take in the scenery as a guide discusses the sights. With different ranges of classes and amenities from each carrier, there is something for every budget.  Popular North American destinations include the Grand Canyon and Verde Valley Railroad right here in Arizona, as well as the Canadian Rockies and the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Alaska. Abroad, there are several inner-city rail trips in Europe and a transcontinental line in Australia.
  • Cruising will remain a travel mainstay in 2014. Because of its intimate settings and unique destinations, river cruising in particular will continue to gain momentum in Europe and on the Mississippi and the Columbia Snake River in the United States. Major cruise lines, including Princess Cruises, also will introduce new ships this year, which tend to increase interest among travelers. 


“No matter which type of vacation you’re planning next year, the expertise of a travel agent will come in handy,” Moreno said. “They’ll be able to help determine which type of trip is the best fit, as well as offer insight for the best time to book.”

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.