If you’re traveling for Memorial Day, you’ll be joining record numbers of people, the most in about 12 years of holiday vacationing, with the same idea – these are the best and worst times to travel for the holiday from major cities throughout the U.S.
This year, about 41.5 million people will be taking trips for Memorial Day, which is a record amount – the most travelers in about 12 years, according to a AAA study reported by Smarter Travel. It’s a five percent increase over last year, as well. Interestingly, the increase is a bit surprising due to gas prices, which are the highest they’ve been in four years. Even since last year, the price has increased about 33 cents, averaging $2.72 per gallon in April. AAA’s senior Vice President said in a statement that he thinks it’s thanks to increased consumer confidence and a stronger economy in recent months.
About 36.6 million people will be taking road trips for the holiday. Based on that, INRIX, a company focusing on travel analytics, compiled the worst day and time to travel from ten major US cities. If you’re in Atlanta, Houston, Boston, or DC, avoid leaving Thursday night. San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago, and Seattle should leave Friday morning, because Friday afternoon will be the worst.
On the bright side, if you’re flying instead of driving, hotel costs, airfare, and car rental fees have decreased this year, ranging from seven to 14 percent lower than last year’s rates.