Memorial Day Travel Increase Expected - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Memorial Day Travel Increase Expected

SPOKANE, Wash. – More Americans will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend this year compared to last year, according to auto group Triple A.  It would be the first increase in Memorial Day travel since 2005.

Many families have been staying home the last few years because they have been trying to save money or haven't had the money to fund a trip.  This has aided the growing popularity of "staycations," where families take advantage of attractions near their homes.  However "staycations" are over, said a spokesperson. 

Travel next weekend will likely increase about 5.4% from 2009, with 32.1 million Americans travelling more than 50 miles from home.  In the Pacific northwest, there will be a 7.8% increase, said travel experts.

One thing that will stay the same this year: more people will travel by car than by plane.  The price of plane tickets has been surging, and even though gas prices have jumped since last Memorial Day, driving is still more affordable than flying in most cases.  Triple A reported gas prices will drop a slight amount before Memorial Day weekend.

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