AAA Projects Rise in Memorial Day Travel

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Going somewhere Memorial Day weekend? AAA projects that 34.8 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend (Thursday, May 24, to Monday, May 28). That's 1.2% more travelers compared with last year.

Of those 34.8 million people, AAA reports that about 30.7 million of them will drive to their weekend destination, up from 30.3 million people who drove last year.

According to a AAA survey, the rising cost of gas isn’t a huge factor. The group found that 53% of people said rising gas prices would not affect their travel plans.

Americans are planning to take shorter trips this year, however. Of the remaining 47% of travelers who said gas prices would affect their plans, 9% said they will take a shorter trip, 4% said they will use an alternative mode of transportation, and 34% will try to save money in other ways during the trip.

"The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly; however, American consumers faced a new challenge this year as steadily increasing gas prices throughout the spring significantly squeezed many household budgets. Americans will still travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but many will compensate for reduced travel budgets by staying closer to home and cutting entertainment dollars," Brad Roeber, AAA Chicago regional president, said in a statement.

Tell us: Will the cost of gas impact your holiday weekend plans this year?

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Comments 

Rockaby

Gas is down 20+ cents a gallon from last Memorial Day--I would help people travel more than last year.

Rockaby

"hope", not "help"

This is true Rockaby, but the problem is everything else has gone up 20+ cents.

Mike

When gas rises, it's really only a couple of extra dollars at the pump for the overall fill-up. I spent about an extra $20 a month to fill up a V8 car when gas was in the $4-$5 range. I think gas would have to go past $7 or $8 to really break people.

Problem is that we're starting to feel like $3.50 to $4.00 a gallon isn't a bad deal. A few years ago, everyone was outraged when gas prices went up this far.

Really the basic problem is the cost of goods and services those rises around this occasion. This increment prices of everything really effects on the planing of Memorial Day Long Weekend holiday celebration.

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