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The Best (and Worst) Times to Travel This Memorial Day Weekend


Taking a trip this coming Memorial Day weekend? You’ll have plenty of company.

According to a new AAA report, 41.5 million Americans will venture out on vacation this coming holiday weekend. The agency says that number is the largest in over 12 years. Apparently nothing says “yippee, it’s summer!” like clogging our nation’s roadways with traffic.

Kidding aside, predictions this year call for a five percent increase over 2017, which is noteworthy even on a traditionally busy weekend. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this news is that it comes at a time of high gas prices—the highest since 2014, to be exact.

In a statement, the senior vice president of AAA Travel and Publishing said “a strong economy and growing consumer confidence” are encouraging people to take a trip despite the high cost of fuel. Most travelers over Memorial Day weekend choose road trips, and AAA expects some 36.6 million people to do so in 2018. Gas prices averaged $2.72 in April, an increase of 33 cents from last year, according to AAA.

When to Travel This Memorial Day Weekend

For people hitting the road next weekend, a transportation analytics company INRIX highlighted the worst times and days to depart for your vacation depending on where you live. The worst times to leave for Memorial Day weekend are below, but, long story short: take Friday off and leave in the morning.

Some good news—you may have already noticed if you’ve booked your Memorial Day weekend travel—is that hotel, airfare, and even car rental prices have gone down, according to AAA. Airfare is seven percent lower on average, and hotels are anywhere from seven to 14 percent lower.

Readers, are you traveling for Memorial Day? Or do you prefer to skip the traffic and soak up the summer sun from home?

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