Memorial Day Weekend Travel Won't Be Damped By Gas Prices

May 26, 2011


Gas prices may still be near their peaks of $4 a gallon--or higher in the usual states--but Memorial Day road tripping won't be down as a result, says the AAA.

The travel organization says its best estimates put 34.9 million of us in transit over the holiday weekend, which it defines as starting today, and ending Monday. They also define their stats as including those on a trip of more than 50 miles from home.

The prediction pushes the total number of travelers a bit higher than last year's 34.8 million figure, which was a rebound of over 14 percent from the recession summer of 2009.

Of the total of nearly 40 million, AAA says almost 31 million will be driving, though gas prices are up about a dollar per gallon from last Memorial Day--at $3.91 a gallon, up from $2.85 a gallon in 2010.

Six out of ten travelers told AAA that the higher prices wouldn't change their plans, with remainder reporting their trips could be shorter as a result.

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