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2014's top travel trends

Dhani Jones
Dhani Jones
Dhani Jones

Summer is on its way and temperatures are finally on the rise, which means it’s time to plan your ultimate summer getaway!

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more Americans travel between the months of May and August than any other time of year. If you’re looking to plan your extended summer adventure, you’re in luck! On Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and nationally recognized travel enthusiast Dhani Jones discussed this year’s top travel trends and has shared with us in a unique video created especially for Examiner (see the link below) valuable tips to help you plan your next trip.

From unique hotel preferences to a higher demand for a social connection during their travels, Millennials bring different travel habits and expectations than previous generations. As their presence continues to grow, travel and tourism companies are scrambling to capture the business and loyalty of this new breed of travelers.

According to a survey commissioned by Chase Marriott Rewards, when traveling for business, four in five Millennial travelers will extend their trip to include a personal vacation (80%) whereas only half of travelers ages 35-49 (52%) and a quarter of travelers ages 50-67 (25%) will do the same.

§ Millennial travelers (48%) are more likely to say that indulging in luxury services, such as dry cleaning (32%), massage or spa services (30%) and pet-friendliness (23%), best describes their attitude toward staying in hotels. In contrast, older travelers ages 50-67 are more likely to say that keeping within a budget (72%) best describes their hotel preferences.

Dhani Jones was a former NFL linebacker with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals and currently hosts Playbook 360 (a sport-focused show airing during Saturday night movies) and GT Academy (a reality competition show in which gamers get to take their virtual driving skills to the next level) on Spike TV. He is known for his Travel Channel series, Dhani Tackles the Globe (which aired on the Travel Channel for two seasons in 2009 and 2010) and his book The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey (which shares his personal memoirs and insights into football, travel and life).

Be sure to check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWnhuaCy83o.