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Nine percent of those surveyed say the Polar Vortex, which spread bitter cold temperatures across much of the United States this winter, spurred them to pack their bags this summer. In this Sunday, March 14, 2010 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, visitors to the Ernest Hemingway Home Museum stroll towards the entrance in Key West, Fla. The Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author owned the property until his death in 1961. (AP File PhotoFlorida Keys News Bureau, Rob ONeal)
Nine percent of those surveyed say the Polar Vortex, which spread bitter cold temperatures across much of the United States this winter, spurred them to pack their bags this summer.

In this Sunday, March 14, 2010 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, visitors to the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum stroll towards the entrance in Key West, Fla. The Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author owned the property until his death in 1961. (AP File Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)

Seventy-one percent say they will travel someplace new this summer. This Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a 9-year-old orca named Kalia swims at the SeaWorld San Diego park in San Diego, Calif. SeaWorld San Diego says Kalia is pregnant with her first calf. (AP PhotoSeaWorld San Diego)
Seventy-one percent say they will travel someplace new this summer.

This Tuesday, April 29, 2014 photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a 9-year-old orca named Kalia swims at the SeaWorld San Diego park in San Diego, Calif. SeaWorld San Diego says Kalia is pregnant with her first calf. (AP Photo/SeaWorld San Diego)

About one-third of those surveyed say they will spend more on their summer vacation compared to last year. And 14 percent tell TripAdvisor they will use a portion of their tax return to cover their trip. The sun sets behind the U.S. Coast Guard tall ship Eagle, left, at anchor along with other tall ships off Lynnhaven inlet off Virginia Beach in preparation for Opsail 2012. (AP File PhotoSteve Helber)
About one-third of those surveyed say they will spend more on their summer vacation compared to last year. And 14 percent tell TripAdvisor they will use a portion of their tax return to cover their trip.

The sun sets behind the U.S. Coast Guard tall ship Eagle, left, at anchor along with other tall ships off Lynnhaven inlet off Virginia Beach in preparation for Opsail 2012. (AP File Photo/Steve Helber)

Shopping is at the top of the list for leisurely pastimes while on vacation. Other top activities include swimming or water sports, seeing historical sites, and visiting a park. This image released by Disney shows fireworks punctuating the sky at the grand opening celebration at the Cinderella Castle for the New Fantasyland attraction at the Walt Disney World Resorts Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The new attraction is the largest expansion at the Magic Kingdom. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
Shopping is at the top of the list for leisurely pastimes while on vacation. Other top activities include swimming or water sports, seeing historical sites, and visiting a park.

This image released by Disney shows fireworks punctuating the sky at the grand opening celebration at the Cinderella Castle for the New Fantasyland attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The new attraction is the largest expansion at the Magic Kingdom. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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According to TripAdvisor search data, Ocean City is among the top summer destinations this year. Thousands walk the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., on July 10, 2002, where record crowds visited the resort town during the month of July. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to Ocean City helping the resort town become Marylands second largest city during the summer months. (AP File PhotoGrant L. Gursky)
According to TripAdvisor search data, Ocean City is among the top summer destinations this year.

Thousands walk the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., on July 10, 2002, where record crowds visited the resort town during the month of July. Hundreds of thousands of visitors travel to Ocean City helping the resort town become Maryland's second largest city during the summer months. (AP File Photo/Grant L. Gursky)

Beaches are the top type of vacation destination, with 45 percent of vacationers headed to the shore. Other travelers will make a trip to the city, 21 percent will visit a national park, 17 percent will head inland to the lake and 14 percent will choose a resort, according to TripAdvisor. Michelle Ca, front, and Shawna Moore, both of Atlanta, enjoy the sun during their vacation to Destin, Fla., on Friday, June 25, 2010. (AP File PhotoDave Martin)
Beaches are the top type of vacation destination, with 45 percent of vacationers headed to the shore. Other travelers will make a trip to the city, 21 percent will visit a national park, 17 percent will head inland to the lake and 14 percent will choose a resort, according to TripAdvisor.

Michelle Ca, front, and Shawna Moore, both of Atlanta, enjoy the sun during their vacation to Destin, Fla., on Friday, June 25, 2010. (AP File Photo/Dave Martin)

While on vacation, Americans love to indulge. Ice cream topped the list of sweat treats followed by lobster and watermelon. Sorry, blue crabs. Beer, margaritas and lemonade are popular summer beverages. The lower Manhattan skyline, including the new One World Trade Center building at right, is shown as viewed from near the Statue of Liberty, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP File PhotoTed S. Warren)
While on vacation, Americans love to indulge. Ice cream topped the list of sweat treats followed by lobster and watermelon. Sorry, blue crabs. Beer, margaritas and lemonade are popular summer beverages.

The lower Manhattan skyline, including the new One World Trade Center building at right, is shown as viewed from near the Statue of Liberty, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP File Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most vacationers will stay in a hotel, more than a quarter of travelers will stay with friends or family and 22 percent will opt for a vacation rental, according to the TripAdvisor survey. In this March 13, 2014 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, shows the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign that went green for the St. Patricks Day holiday. (File PhotoLas Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
Most vacationers will stay in a hotel, more than a quarter of travelers will stay with friends or family and 22 percent will opt for a vacation rental, according to the TripAdvisor survey.

In this March 13, 2014 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, shows the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign that went green for the St. Patrick's Day holiday. (File Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)

This year Americans are really chomping at the bit to travel after the Polar Vortex, says Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, in a statement. A third of respondents are already expecting to increase summer travel spending, so it appears theres no stopping winter-worn travelers from finding their happy place in the sun this year. Vacationers enjoying the beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tourism is an estimated 18 billion industry in South Carolina and a new season is gearing up. (AP PhotoBruce Smith, File)
"This year Americans are really chomping at the bit to travel after the Polar Vortex," says Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications at TripAdvisor, in a statement. "A third of respondents are already expecting to increase summer travel spending, so it appears there's no stopping winter-worn travelers from finding their happy place in the sun this year."

Vacationers enjoying the beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Tourism is an estimated $18 billion industry in South Carolina and a new season is gearing up. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

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