By AAA of Western Central New York
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly canada goose factory sale 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles canada goose coats and other modes of transportation, INRIX, canada goose outlet sale a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday, as commuters canada goose outlet canada mix with holiday travelers.
“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep canada goose outlet online uk travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Carol DiOrio, vice president of travel at AAA Western and Central New York. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need https://www.thebookstop.biz to canada goose outlet kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”
2018 Memorial Day Holiday Travel Forecast
Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers 36.6 million will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 canada goose uk outlet percent more than last year.
Planes: 3.1 million people will travel by air, a 6.8 percent increase and the fifth year of consecutive air cheap canada goose travel volume increases.
Trains, Buses and Cruise Canada Goose online canada goose jacket outlet Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 2.4 percent to 1.8 million passengers.
Drivers Beware: Worst Times to Hit Road
For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by buy canada goose jacket cheap automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay. drivers are all too familiar with uk canada goose outlet sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days canada goose outlet than in previous years, with the uk canada goose getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether traveling late morning or early afternoon or plan alternative routes.”
Higher Gas Prices Not Deterring Travelers
The 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. Gas prices averaged $2.72 in April, an increase of 33 cents from last year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. However, these higher prices are not keeping holiday travelers home, with automobile travel expected to increase for the fourth straight year, by nearly 5 percent over last Memorial Day.
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While road trippers will pay higher prices at the gas pump this year, travelers can expect some relief in canada goose outlet parka their wallets when paying for airfare, car rentals and most mid range hotels. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are 7 percent lower than last Memorial Day, landing at an average price of $168 for a round trip flight along the top 40 domestic routes. At $59, the average daily canada goose outlet online cost of a car rental this Memorial Day is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11 percent cheaper goose outlet canada than last year.
Travelers will also save on AAA Three Diamond hotels this Memorial Day, which are trending 14 percent less expensive than last year, with an average rate of $186 nightly. Meanwhile, AAA Two Diamond hotels are 7 percent more expensive than last Memorial Day, with an average nightly cost of $151.
Top Memorial Day Travel Destinations
For those planning to kick off their summers with an overseas vacation, Europe is a major draw this year. Rome, Dublin and London are the most popular international travel destinations for Memorial Day weekend.
According to Hertz, a 40 year AAA partner, the busiest airport pick up locations for travelers renting a car this Memorial Day are expected to be (MCO), Las Vegas (LAS), Atlanta (ATL), Los Angeles (LAX) canada goose outlet new york city and Kahului, HI canada goose black friday sale (OGG). The busiest day for rental pick ups is expected to be May 25, with an average rental length of nearly six days, as travelers look to take advantage of the long official canada goose outlet holiday weekend.