Memorial Day travelers may have more company than usual on the road this year. AAA released its annual Memorial Day travel forecast, predicting that around 36 million would travel further than 50 miles from home for the holiday. People have not traveled for the occasion in such numbers on the popular family travel day since the recession began in 2008.
Marshall Doney, AAA's chief operating officer, told USA Today that more than 1 million flights were canceled this winter due to the weather. Many are expected to make up those trips over Memorial Day, and others will simply be looking for a way to enjoy the heat after a punishing winter. The recovering economy is also considered a factor in the increased number of travelers.
Almost 32 million travelers, more than 80 percent of the total, are expected to go by car. Inrix, a traffic-monitoring company, predicts that those extra drivers will cause 25 percent more congestion than last Memorial Day. Fortunately gas prices are at the same level they were in 2013. Still, many are finding other ways to travel. Trains, buses and ships will see only 1.7 million passengers, but that's 6.5 percent more than last year.
However you're traveling this holiday, be ready for company while you're having fun in the sun.