Memorial Day could be highest-volume travel weekend in over decade

Justin Udo
May 14, 2018 - 7:28 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Not even the rising gas prices can slow down travelers looking to get away.

Travel across the country is expected to rise for the fourth straight Memorial Day weekend due to a strong economy and high consumer confidence.

In fact, travel experts believe the weekend will have the highest travel volume for the holiday in more than a decade.

"AAA is forecasting that about 41.4 million Americans are going to be traveling for Memorial Day, and that is right around 2 million more than we had last year," said AAA Mid-Atlantic Senior Public Affairs Specialist Kathleen Zinszer.

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There are some other factors at play, she said, leading to more folks getting out of town, even though gas prices are at their highest since 2014 and don't appear to be going down anytime soon.

"Airfare, hotel and rental car amounts have trended lower this year, which might be a nice break for travelers," noted Zinszer. "In the Philly area, we're looking at gas prices a little over $3. We're expecting those prices to inch up a little bit."

Zinszer said Orlando, Southern California and New York are some areas they're expecting to see a lot of travelers migrate to.