More Americans planning summer vacation road trips

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(NBC) – Whatever the destination this summer, travel experts expect vacationers to use a time-honored way of getting there.

“We are seeing that the great american road trip is alive and well,” said Tamra Johnson, from AAA. “More than 50% of those are going to drive to their destination this year.”

A drive driven by low gas prices and a still strong economy, but also by a desire to do something different vacationing this year.

“At the points guy we like to remind folks that travel is about fun and not just getting to your destination; so maybe get a little lost on the way, discover something new,” said Scott Mayerowitz, The Points Guy.

Using GPSand apps to find that something new, and reward points at off the beaten path hotels, which are more likely to have more vacancies.

“Embrace the journey, embrace the trip,” Mayerowitz said. “Take a minute, get lost.”

And if put off by pricey hotel rates, they say consider going in with family or friends for a vacation rental.

“You can stay in some amazing places,” said Melanie Fish with VRBO. “You can find a castle to stay in for well under $50 per person if you fill it up.”

Or rent Kathy Langer’s lakehouse outside Austin. It sounds pretty pricey at one-thousand dollars a night, until you invite others to join in.

“There is a bungalow on the property as well,” Langer said.

All for a more modern way of vacationing in 2019.

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