AAA says a record 2.5 million Floridians will travel next week for Memorial Day Weekend

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Nearly 44 million will travel nationally; the highest number in almost twenty years

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If you’re heading on a road trip next week for the Memorial Day long weekend, pack clothes, snacks… and your patience.

Floridians are predicted to travel in record numbers over Memorial Day weekend this year. AAA predicts that more than 2.5 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more, with 2.3 million taking to the road. That is 126,500 more holiday travelers than the previous record set last year.

“Memorial Day will be the start of a very busy summer of travel,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “U.S. travelers are expected to surpass pre-pandemic levels, making this the busiest Memorial Day holiday weekend in nearly two decades. The main driving force behind this forecast is strong consumer interest in travel at home and abroad. Interest in international travel has been at its highest level in recent years.”

“Car travel is attractive to many people because of the convenience and flexibility it offers,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesperson for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “But that holiday road trip may cost more at the gas pump this year.”

During last year’s holiday weekend, gas prices in Florida averaged $3.41 per gallon. Right now the average in Florida is around $3.49 per gallon. Airfares are also up slightly from this time last year, AAA noted.

“Drivers can expect continued volatility at the pump as the summer season approaches,” Jenkins said. “The wild card remains the oil price. And unlike last year, there are now two wars – in the Middle East and Ukraine – that have the ability to roil the oil market at any time.”