According to the auto club AAA, 34.8 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for the unofficial start of the summer travel season, a 0.9% dip from 2012.
As usual, most will make their getaway by car, with roughly 31.2 million expected to hit the road, AAA says. That’s a slight uptick from 2012, and comes even as AAA predicts that Memorial Day gas prices may be their highest in two years. Nationally, a gallon of gas on average cost $3.66 on Wednesday.
Still, AAA expects fewer people to take to the air, predicting that 2.3 million Americans will fly, an 8% dip compared to last year. Dissatisfaction with the airlines, along with the fluctuating economy are key reasons for the predicted drop in Memorial Day weekend travelers, AAA says.
For those looking beyond Memorial Day toward their summer vacations, a trip may be more affordable with airline and other travel experts expecting gas prices to drop and airfares to remain roughly the same as last year.