Planning a Memorial Day road trip? Don’t let high gas prices ruin your trip. While gas prices are expected to be higher than normal this weekend, there are ways to have a memorable Memorial Day getaway without breaking the bank. Here are some tips:
Gas prices are expected to be high on Memorial Day weekend
The start of the summer driving season is coming up quickly, and AAA predicts that gas prices will be higher than they were last year. AAA estimates that 34.9 million people will drive 50 miles or more over Memorial Day weekend. The cause of the price spike: COVID limits. AAA expects that gas prices will increase by about $3.50 per gallon on average, up from $1.96 per gallon a year ago.
While gas prices have risen substantially since last year, Americans are still planning on making the long trip. Jellystone Park in Frankenmuth, Michigan is already booked for this weekend. And according to a recent survey from GasBuddy, 58% of Americans plan on taking a road trip this summer. But the cost of gas is expected to increase even higher than last year’s holiday travel season.
Hotels near beaches are popular
If you want to travel over Memorial Day weekend, you should stay away from the beach. However, you must be aware of the coronavirus pandemic that started in March 2020. Thankfully, more people are now getting the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many other things to do during your trip, so if you are planning a beach vacation this year, keep the following tips in mind. Here are some popular destinations to visit over the holiday weekend.
The first thing you should look for in a hotel is cleanliness. While you are staying at a hotel near the beach, make sure you pay attention to cleanliness. The AAA is raising standards to evaluate the cleanliness of common surfaces, including bathrooms, sinks, and showers. Hotels that meet the new standards have been recognized as Inspected Clean by the association. Make sure to wear a mask inside and out when using restroom facilities.
Air travel is expected to be busy on Memorial Day weekend
AAA predicts that 39 million people will travel for the Memorial Day weekend, a 8% increase from last year. Of this number, three million people will use air travel while 35 million will drive. The holiday weekend is expected to be one of the busiest in the past two years. According to AAA, this will be the busiest weekend on record for air travel. Travel volumes are expected to be almost equal to the numbers seen before the pandemic.
The number of travelers flying this Memorial Day weekend is set to increase by nearly 10% compared to last year, with at least 329,000 Kansans planning to fly at least 50 miles. Because of this increased travel, there could be delays and flight cancellations. Missouri is expected to see a 21% increase in travelers over Memorial Day weekend, with Thursday, May 26, being the busiest day. Travel volumes are expected to decrease by approximately one percent on Monday, May 30.
Planning a Memorial Day road trip
Planning a Memorial Day road trip can be an exciting experience, but there are many things to consider before taking off on this memorable weekend. For one, you want to avoid the major highways and try to find less-known, off-the-beaten-path destinations. This will allow you to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time relaxing and exploring the sites along the way. For another, you want to budget your trip and save money when you can.
Depending on the route you choose, you may want to consider traveling early to avoid traffic. The afternoons of Memorial Day will likely be the busiest times, so plan your trip for earlier in the day. AAA estimates that Thursday and Friday will be the busiest days on Memorial Day. By starting your trip early, you can avoid the peak times for traffic and get a more scenic route. For more details, you can refer to the travel times and routes provided by AAA.