Lake Mary based AAA estimates that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.
“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”
AAA defines the Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.
This will be the third consecutive year there has been an increase in travel including a 2.4 percent increase in travel and a 5.5 percent increase in air travel.
The upward trend is occurring despite higher gas prices. The average price of gas is $2.34 or 11 cents per gallon higher than last year.