Memorial Day Weekend Travel Expected to Hit 10-Year High
Planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend? Join the crowd. Literally. Super high gas prices aren't keeping people from traveling for Memorial Day, at least not according to AAA. The United States hasn't seen gas prices as high as they are right now since 2014, but AAA says that an estimated 41.5 million people will travel this coming weekend.
According to AAA, there will be five percent more people traveling for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend than there were during the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. As a matter of fact, AAA is thinking that more people will travel this weekend than have in more than a dozen years.
If you're planning to hit the road this weekend, you might want to keep this in mind. INRIX is a global transportation company which specializes in transportation analytics and they say that traffic jams on major roads could be up to three times longer than they usually are. The heaviest days for travel are expected to be this Thursday, May 24th, and Friday, May 25th.
The majority of people traveling will do so by vehicle, a staggering 36.6 million people. One million people are expected to travel by plane, and 1.8 million people will get to their destination via train, bus, or cruise ship.
Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of AAA Travel and Publishing says, "A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”