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Speak Out: Are You Hitting the Road for Memorial Day Weekend?

AAA projects more than 34 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from home this weekend.

As families gear up for the official welcome of summer, AAA is projecting more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home Memorial Day Weekend. The travel club says the number of travelers increased by more than 500,000 from last year.

More people will be on the roads instead of the air this year, according to AAA. More than 30.7 million people plan to drive to their destination, up 1.2 percent from the 30.3 million who drove last year. According to The Washington Post, retail gas prices dropped by a penny to a national average of $3.71 per gallon on Friday after a spike in April, and the weaker demand is also helping to push down prices.

"The overall domestic economic picture continues to improve slightly, however American consumers faced a new challenge this year as steadily increasing gas prices throughout the spring significantly squeezed many household budgets,” AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet said in a statement. "Americans will still travel during the Memorial Day holiday weekend but many will compensate for reduced travel budgets by staying closer to home and cutting entertainment dollars."

AAA also reported 2.5 million travelers will take to the skies this weekend, down 5.5 percent from last Memorial Day Weekend.

Are you planning to travel during Memorial Day Weekend and, if you are, what modes of transportation will you utilize and where are you going? Let us know in the comments section.

Andre L. Taylor May 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Looks like I'll be headed down the road to Virginia Beach again to take in some fishing and WWII airplanes. I've never been one for traveling during big holidays but I can't pass up the opportunity to go fishing again. Where are you all headed?
Mary Stachyra Lopez May 22, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Not going anywhere myself this year, but wish I was! :)
Andre L. Taylor May 22, 2012 at 02:48 PM
My vacation was more of a last minute thing but I'm glad I'm leaving the area. I believe if you can handle the traffic in Northern Virginia you can get through anything. ha ha ha
Jason Spencer May 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
We'll be heading in that general direction, but veering south after Newport News to take 17 through Deep Creek into North Carolina :)

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