Summer holiday travel begins, even with higher costs


Gas prices averaging about $1.50 per gallon higher than a year ago and astoundingly high airline fares, are not keeping travelers home this Memorial Day weekend. 

Gas prices averaging about $1.50 per gallon higher than a year ago and astoundingly high airline fares are not keeping travelers home this Memorial Day weekend.

CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg strongly suggests giving yourself an extra hour at the airport for holiday weekend travel.



“The average number being screened on high days by the Transportation Security Administration at checkpoints is about 2.3 million. This weekend, it could go up to 3.1 million,” Greenberg told WTOP. “The system was struggling at 2.3. It could collapse at 3.1.”

Greenberg also gives two reasons that flyers should give themselves two hours between connecting flights — in case of any other airport delays.

“One, you’re going to connect on your first flight, if your first flight is late; and the second is, if you come in that late on the first flight, even though the airline might be inclined to put you on their later connecting flight, that flight’s already full. And you’ll be spending time you don’t want to spend at that connecting airport.”

Greenberg said airline ticket prices have skyrocketed this year, with average increases running about 7% a month starting in January. Those same increases are now going at the same rate every few days. He cited his own example.

“My airfare only six weeks ago from Los Angeles to San Francisco, an airplane flight that only took 38 minutes, was $95. You know what it is today? It’s $410.”

That’s why so many traveling 500 miles or fewer are driving, despite the surging pump prices.

Greenberg did note one silver lining: Foreign travel—once you get there—is quite reasonable in many cases, if you follow the power of the U.S. dollar.

“On average, a vacation in Turkey this summer will cost you about 37% less than what it would have cost you last summer,” Greenberg said.

That’s if you can afford the plane fare to get there.

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High gas prices not stopping holiday travel


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At this point, we’ve all probably realized we’re paying more at the pump. However, AAA told KSHB 41 News although prices are higher this year than they were last year, people are still going on their Memorial Day weekend trips.

“AAA is still expecting more Americans to travel for this Memorial Day holiday than last year, and this puts us pretty close to where we were in 2019, in terms of travel figure just prior to the pandemic,” Nick Chabarria, spokesperson for AAA Missouri, said.

Chabarria said people are likely feeling much more comfortable taking trips this year, especially since COVID restrictions were lifted.

And, they might not even care about how much gas is; they just want to travel.

“If they want to travel, they still will and they’ll find ways to save money in their trip elsewhere, and that may be eating out less while on vacation or finding more economic accommodations,” Chabarria said.

Gas prices are just under $4 a gallon in Kansas City, compared to around $2.75-2.85 this time last year.

However, our area still has some of the cheapest gas prices in the country. The national average is $4.59.

Before you hit the road for the holiday, AAA has a gas cost calculator on its website. You enter a starting and an ending destination, your vehicle make and model and it will average out what it’ll cost to get there with current gas prices.

Some of the biggest travel destinations this year are beaches and places with outdoor activities, according to AAA.

Let’s say you’re driving to Rocky Mountain National Park in a Toyota Corolla. AAA says it’ll cost you about $153 roundtrip.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will cost about $264 roundtrip.

Orlando, Florida will cost about $289 roundtrip.

But, that’s a lot of driving.

If you booked a last-minute flight today, May 23, for a trip Thursday through Monday, you’d be looking at around over $300 to Denver, over $500 to Charleston, and over $500 to Orlando.

AAA says we shouldn’t expect gas prices to go down this summer.

“We know there’s a lot at play right now with global oil and gas industries and unless something dramatic changes, prices are going to remain where they’re at or continue to go up,” Chabarria said.





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How to save money: 13 errors travellers make on holiday and how to avoid them | Travel News | Travel


8. Overweight luggage

Airlines have weight limits when it comes to luggage, so travellers should ensure that their bags meet the requirements before the dreaded weigh-in, to avoid further charges.

“Try and wear all bulky items of clothing and footwear such as jackets or trainers, to avoid having to pack them.”

9. Not checking rules on liquids

Airlines are also stringent when it comes to liquids, and carry-on luggage can only hold liquids in 100ml bottles.

They must be sealed in a single, transparent bag that measures around 20cm x 20cm.

Jonathan warned: “Remembering this rule and purchasing these bags prior to your flight will allow you to check whether your liquids fit at home, avoiding a situation where you have to throw away any products.”

10. Visiting attractions and travelling at peak times

“It might seem more convenient to book a holiday over a weekend, especially if you are trying to save up your annual leave at work.

“However, it is worth doing some research prior to travelling in order to find out the best times to visit attractions.”

Tourist attractions may charge visitors more at peak times – which usually fall on weekends – or at certain times of the day.

Check when the off-peak visiting hours are for tourist attractions to potentially get some cheaper deals.





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Cornwall holiday let registration: Mandatory registration to combat tourism issues | Travel News | Travel


The proposed system would require holiday accommodation providers to register their property. It is hoped the scheme would make tourists safer and combat overtourism.

But could it end up putting some tourists off? Malcolm Bell, CEO of Visit Cornwall, spoke to Express.co.uk to explain the plans.

He said: “I was brought up in Cornwall in the 70s and 80s. At that time, all of a sudden we were very popular, every road into any resort, there were B&B signs shoved in hedges.

“So then a lot of things like fire regulations were brought in as people got involved without thinking about the consequences.”

Malcolm said that a new compulsory registration system would ensure guest safety as providers would have to comply with legislation.

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He said: “The most important thing is the safety of the guest. With platforms like Airbnb it makes it very easy for people to put their property on the market as a holiday let without fully or even marginally understanding what they’ve done.

“There’s a lot of people that have started putting properties on particularly in the last two years during the pandemic.

“That’s resulted in people entering the market and buying houses without realising the safety responsibilities.”

Malcolm thinks the plan will protect guests from threats such as Legionnaires’ disease which can be transmitted in unclean hot tubs.

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As Cornwall was overrun with visitors during 2021, many residents complained that local infrastructure couldn’t cope.

Some local residents have also been priced out of areas as house prices surge to meet the high demand for holiday lets.

Malcolm thinks registration could ease the issue. He said: “I think some people, when they realise what’s involved in a holiday let, might decide not to do it and return to residential letting.

“We’ll also have absolute knowledge of how many rooms are let out so I would hope residents think it’s a positive thing.

“It’s been welcomed on social media by people who normally have a go at us. But most probably think it’s too little, too late.”

Malcolm told Express.co.uk it could cost people as much as £5,000 to bring a property up to standard for holidays.

He said: “I think a lot of the entrants entering the holiday market last year were the worst examples of people exploiting the price issue.

“People heard they could get £3,000 for a week’s rental but in a normal year they’ll realise they can’t charge that.

“There’s the cleaning of the property every week and the checking of the property, and then they’ll think it’s not worth it.”

Malcolm said if the plan goes ahead it will take holiday let owners around 15 minutes to register their property.

They’ll then be invited to relevant webinars and awareness sessions as well as educated on the regulations.

The plan is also supported by the South East Cornwall Tourism Association, Penzance & District Tourism Association, We are Bude, Tamar Valley, Visit Falmouth and Land’s End Accommodation.





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TSA shortage ahead of holiday travel at Austin airport


AUSTIN, Texas — It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and travelers are already preparing, arriving at the airport hours early as suggested by officials at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. 

Paul Martin, an Austinite, arrived six hours before his flight. ABIA does not allow a traveler to check in luggage until four hours before their departure time. 

“Four hours before your flight,” Martin said. “I have about six hours.”

He won’t have to wait long once he gets to the TSA lines, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday when people missed their flights and lines were out the door. 

ABIA is recommending passengers get to the airport three hours before their departure time, following a power outage at ticket counters earlier this week and a shortage of TSA staff. 

“I had heard that it had been pretty bad. So far, I’m pleased at the moment,” Martin said. 

Representative Lloyd Doggett sent a letter to TSA officials calling the situation “unacceptable” and asking for more staff ahead of an expected record breaking number of travelers for Memorial Day weekend coming through ABIA. 

Rep. Doggett outlined in his letter, travel is expected to increase by 50% and 36,000 passengers are expected to fly through ABIA over the course of the weekend. 

Mike Coughlin, another traveler through ABIA, says he didn’t encounter any issues getting through security just one week before holiday travel was set to begin. 

“It seemed like a normal trip to the airport on a Friday morning,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know what a normal Austin Friday morning is like. As far as any major city I’m used to, it was normal getting here.” 





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TSA shortage ahead of holiday travel at Austin airport


AUSTIN, Texas — It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and travelers are already preparing, arriving at the airport hours early as suggested by officials at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. 

Paul Martin, an Austinite, arrived six hours before his flight. ABIA does not allow a traveler to check in luggage until four hours before their departure time. 

“Four hours before your flight,” Martin said. “I have about six hours.”

He won’t have to wait long once he gets to the TSA lines, but that wasn’t the case on Tuesday when people missed their flights and lines were out the door. 

ABIA is recommending passengers get to the airport three hours before their departure time, following a power outage at ticket counters earlier this week and a shortage of TSA staff. 

“I had heard that it had been pretty bad. So far, I’m pleased at the moment,” Martin said. 

Representative Lloyd Doggett sent a letter to TSA officials calling the situation “unacceptable” and asking for more staff ahead of an expected record breaking number of travelers for Memorial Day weekend coming through ABIA. 

Rep. Doggett outlined in his letter, travel is expected to increase by 50% and 36,000 passengers are expected to fly through ABIA over the course of the weekend. 

Mike Coughlin, another traveler through ABIA, says he didn’t encounter any issues getting through security just one week before holiday travel was set to begin. 

“It seemed like a normal trip to the airport on a Friday morning,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know what a normal Austin Friday morning is like. As far as any major city I’m used to, it was normal getting here.” 





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7 travel tips to you get through the mad rush of the bank holiday weekend


The long awaited jubilee bank holiday weekend is upon us and with it comes the chance to get away for a few days. However, it is important that motorists stay safe when getting away this bank holiday. The experts at National Scrap Car  have put together a few tips to help motorists get through the bank holiday rush safely.

  1. Do the essential checks before setting off

Before setting off on any long journey motorists should always take the time to do the essential checks on their vehicles, particularly if this is their first long trip since winter ended.

The essential checks include:

If you are unsure of your car’s recommended tyre pressure, consult your manual. Similarly, ensure you top up your oil with the recommended for your vehicle to guarantee better engine performance.

  1. Plan your route ahead

It is no secret that fuel costs are extremely high at the moment, which means making sure you have the best route possible planned ahead is essential for fuel consumption and for an easier journey.

But fuel consumption shouldn’t be the only factor considered. Take a look at the different routes to your destination and weigh up the options based on your requirements. For example, if you are someone that requires regular breaks, a route that may be longer but have more service stations along it or opportunities to stop is the best route.

Check your route the day before leaving too to ensure there haven’t been any changes such as road closures that will affect your trip.

  1. Avoid peak travel times

As obvious as it sounds, avoiding peak times is the best way to avoid the bank holiday rush. This may mean sacrificing time in bed and hitting the road early or opting for a late night drive the day before your break.

You can get an idea of when a road is usually busy by using Google Maps. If you type your destination it will let you know how long the route typically takes and will show areas that are usually more congested during your estimated journey time by highlighting them in orange or red.

Amy Josling, car and scrappage expert at National Scrap Car, said: “The bank holiday is notorious for causing congestion issues for motorists, which is why planning ahead is key to getting through your drive there and back safely. Drivers should ensure that their route is planned prior to setting off and, if they can, avoid hitting the road during the peak travels times. On a weekday, such as Friday, these peak times are 6am-10am and 4pm-8pm. If you are travelling on the Saturday however, early morning such as before 8am or after 6pm is best. The less traffic on the roads the safer the journey.”

  1. Stop for regular breaks

Long journeys can be very tiring for motorists, having to be “on” for the whole journey to ensure the safety of those in the car takes its toll. This is why it is important to plan in regular breaks along longer trips.

Stop for food and drink to make sure you are staying hydrated and fed to keep you focused, and if you are planning on leaving later at night to avoid the rush, try and have a nap prior to setting off. Driving tired is very dangerous, particularly if you are planning a short break somewhere rural, as there are likely to be fewer street lights.

  1. Keep the traffic function on your radio

Most vehicles have a traffic function on their entertainment systems that will interrupt bluetooth music and such to give updates. On shorter and every day trips the interruptions can be frustrating but it is important to keep this on for your longer journeys.

Some cars will have map apps that will automatically update to accommodate for any delays or disruptions but having the function on will allow you to be fully informed on your travels.

  1. Have breakdown cover

To avoid being stranded while far away from home, take out breakdown cover.

Breakdown cover is a type of insurance you take out in case your vehicle breaks down. It is extremely useful to have when embarking on longer trips, if you get a flat car battery or a punctured tyre or even more severe faults for example that cause you to get stuck, having breakdown cover will mean that the fault is either fixed at the roadside or you will be recovered with your vehicle and taken somewhere they can fix it or home

You can either purchase breakdown cover as an individual policy, or it can be offered as part of your motor insurance or even bank account. Check what is available and compare, like travel insurance, it is better to have it and not need it than to be without.

  1. Know your limits the night before driving home

Bank holidays are synonymous with barbeques and having one too many drinks, however if you are planning to drive you need to be aware of your limits the night before/ day of driving home.

It’s around three hours after each drink if you drink one large glass of wine (250ml/three units) or a higher-strength lager, beer or cider (5.2%) before the alcohol leaves your system.

The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in England & Wales is:

  • 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or

  • 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or

  • 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

The maximum BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in Scotland is:

  • 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; or

  • 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or

  • 67 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit is a serious offence and can result in 3 months imprisonment, a fine of up to £2,500 and in some cases, a life-long driving ban.





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Flight attendant hotel room tip to stay safe on holiday – replace room key | Travel News | Travel


As many Britons jet off on holiday for the first time since the pandemic, many may not have stayed in a hotel for a while. A former flight attendant has shared some useful tips for check-in.

Tiktok user (anjas.adventures) shared a video on TikTok with hotel tips they learnt from being cabin crew.

They said: “Never open your door without looking through the spy hole, it could be anyone!”

While hotels often have good security, it could be possible for people to enter the hotel if they aren’t staying there.

Other guests will also be able to walk around hotel hallways freely. While most people would never try to enter someone else’s room, it’s always a good idea to be safe.

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Nearly all hotel rooms will have a spy hole in the door where guests will be able to check who is outside.

It’s a good idea to check the spy hole before opening the door to a stranger while on holiday.

They added: “Replace your room key with a spare card to keep on the air con and your things charging!”

Most hotel rooms will be operated with a key card which is kept in a slot by the door. This often controls the energy in the room such as lights.

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The flight attendant said that replacing the room key with another card might keep appliances on while guests are out.

However, this may not work for every hotel and guests should also make sure they don’t forget their keycard if it isn’t in the slot.

It’s also a good idea to turn the air conditioner off if guests are heading out to preserve energy.

The flight attendant added: “Put something in the safe you won’t be able to leave your room without so you won’t forget about the rest of your stuff in there.”

The hotel room safe is the perfect place to store expensive belongings or important documents such as passports.

However, in the rush to pack after a holiday it can be easy to forget important belongings in the safe.

Hotels will be able to post items to guests if they leave them behind but it will be an unnecessary hassle for guests.

The flight attendant suggested guests keep an essential item they won’t be able to leave without in the safe.

If guests leave a shoe or phone charger in the safe while they’re in the room, they might not forget other items in the safe.

However, Hotels & Discounts, has recommended guests leave important items outside of the hotel safe.

It could be the most obvious place for a thief to search. The travel site recommended that guests hide items in a “hairbrush handle” or “lip balm”.

Guests should also take as few valuables as possible if they want to avoid losing an important item.





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I’m a travel expert – and my top little-known tip will get you CHEAPEST holiday deals this summer


HOLIDAYMAKERS looking for cheaper getaways should target trips on new routes opened up by airlines, a travel guru has revealed.

He also suggested avoiding popular hotspots and opting for locations “off the beaten track”.

Travel expert Fergal O'Keeffe said heading to alternative sun locations can make for a cheaper holiday

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Travel expert Fergal O’Keeffe said heading to alternative sun locations can make for a cheaper holiday
Heading for San Sebastian in northern Spain rather than going to the Costa Del Sol could save you money

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Heading for San Sebastian in northern Spain rather than going to the Costa Del Sol could save you moneyCredit: Alamy

Travel expert Fergal O’Keeffe said demand for foreign holidays has taken off as people saved up “two years or three years worth of summer holiday funds” during the pandemic.

He also warned that the cost of holidays are on the rise across the board due to inflation.

Speaking to the Irish Sun, he said: “This demand will have an impact on price, but prices are likely to go up for other factors as well. One thing that I’ve already noticed is the cost of car hire has gone unbelievable.

“I am planning to go to Greece during the summer, and for six of us the car hire for two weeks was going to cost over double the price of the flights for six.

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“So that’s going to be a major issue everywhere because during the pandemic these companies weren’t renewing, or even sold off stock. So that’s something that people need to be aware of.”

The Tipperary native, who hosts the Travel Tales with Fergal podcast, said traditional summer destinations are “more popular than ever” – but there are still cost-friendly trips to be had.

He said: “My recommendation would be to go off the beaten track.

“For my own personal holiday, I noticed that flights to Athens in Greece were a little bit more expensive than pre-Covid, so I decided to go to Thessaloniki, which is the second biggest city in Greece. This was way cheaper.

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“The cost was roughly two-thirds the price of flying to Athens, even though it’s further from Ireland. So by going to places that are off the beaten track, you will be able to make massive cost savings.

Publican Fergal, who owns Hearns Hotel in Clonmel, continued: “Something else that I would always recommend to people is to look at airline’s new routes.

“Each year Ryanair has new routes going from Dublin, Shannon or Cork, and the first year of those new routes on Ryanair, or even on Aer Lingus, are always cheaper because they’re trying to introduce and encourage people to go to these places.

“These routes are new to Ireland so they’re less popular, meaning they’re cheaper, but also when you get there, more often than not things like accommodation and food etc are also a lot cheaper as well.”

Offering some alternative locations suggestions, Fergal said Malta is “a beautiful place” that’s “very accessible”, and has the benefit of being “English speaking”.

He also offered some European alternatives to the likes of the Canaries or Costa Del Sol.

ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS

He said: “There’s some beautiful places in northern Spain, like San Sebastian. Or you could try Biarritz, in France. They have amazing food, there’s great walking there, lovely coasts, so being a little bit more imaginative like that could be just what is needed.”

He continued: “Sardinia is another place that I would really love. It has that Italian influence, but it is also very different from other parts of Italy.

“But the top places I’d recommend would be Puliga, in southern Italy. There’s flights to Bari, and from there you can go down to Puliga.

“That’s an area that is not very popular but weather wise it’s amazing, and it’s really cheap. And the beach areas are amazing.

“Another place – and it’s my favourite place actually – is the Peloponnese Peninsula, in Greece. It has absolutely spectacular mountains, stunning little seaside villages, and it is very reasonably priced.”

The travel guru said despite increased costs in Ireland value for money can still be had with staycations – but again holidaymakers must be willing to look outside of the typical tourist hotspots.

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Asked if made tourism minister what he would do to beef up the country’s offerings to tourists, Fergal said he would make greater use of Ireland’s great outdoors.

He explained: “There’s a massive shift towards outdoor tourism. Due to the pandemic, there is a trend towards people being outdoors more, and people have a greater emphasis towards being healthy and being out walking etc.

“So looking at the mountains in Clonmel, or in Kerry they could be utilised more. What other countries do, because I’ve done this in New Zealand and in the Alps etc, is they have huts in the mountains. The Government provides these and you walk from hut to hut for a few days.

“Imagine that was set up in Clonmel. People would spend three, four, five days up in the Coomera Mountains, walking around there, staying in huts.

“So the Government should be providing that infrastructure, like the huts, the walking trails etc. I think that’s a huge potential for outdoor tourism that hasn’t been fully tapped in Ireland.

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“People would spend some money in the town before heading up the mountain ranges, they would then spend money again when they come back down.

“There’s huge potential for that in Tipperary, Donegal and Kerry, all over Ireland really. That’s an area that I would certainly look at if I was tourism minister.”

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What Americans Can Expect During Memorial Day Holiday Travel Period


Officials from AAA Travel expect 39.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, running between May 26-30.

The estimates would indicate an increase of 8.3 percent over 2021, with air travel up 25 percent over last year. With totals expected to be slightly lower than pre-pandemic levels, AAA urges travelers to book now and remember flexibility is key for the holiday period.

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“Memorial Day is always a good predictor of what’s to come for summer travel,” AAA Travel senior vice president Paula Twidale said. “Based on our projections, summer travel isn’t just heating up, it will be on fire. People are overdue for a vacation and they are looking to catch up on some much-needed R&R in the coming months.”


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Memorial Day weekend travel data. (photo via AAA Travel Media)

Preliminary data shows the percentage of people traveling by air should surpass 2019 levels, with 7.7 percent of travelers choosing air travel as their preferred mode, up from 7.5 percent before the pandemic shut down travel.

Despite gas prices reaching historical totals, AAA Travel revealed 34.9 million Americans plan to travel by car, a jump of 4.6 percent over 2021. The share of car travel is expected to fall from 92.1 percent last year to 88.9 percent this year, indicating that higher gas prices are impacting how people choose to travel for the unofficial start of summer.

“Air travel has faced several challenges since the beginning of the year,” Twidale continued. “With the type of volume we anticipate, we continue to recommend the safety net of a travel agent and travel insurance. Both are a lifesaver if something unexpectedly derails your travel plans.”

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Demand is also surging, causing prices to climb for flights, car rentals, accommodations, tours, cruises and other activities. AAA’s study found average airfare is up six percent, mid-range hotel rates have climbed 43 percent and daily car rental prices have increased 170 percent.

The Vacationer also released its Memorial Day 2022 Travel Survey, which found that nearly 57 percent of American adults said they would take a road trip during the holiday weekend, totaling more than 146 million people.

The study also found that almost 54 percent of respondents said high gas prices are impacting travel plans, with 13.11 percent revealing rising fuel costs and airfares have influenced their decision to fly commercially.

May 26 and 27 are shaping up to be the busiest days for traveling via car during the Memorial Day period, while the Thursday before the holiday will be the busiest for commercial air travelers.

As for the top domestic destinations, AAA Travel compiled a Top10 list, which includes (in order) Orlando, Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, Anaheim, New York, Denver, Anchorage, Boston and Honolulu.

Americans are also heading overseas, with the top international destinations including Vancouver, Dublin, Paris, Rome, London, Cancun, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Nassau and Calgary.

Data from Arrivalist also showed the nature of road trips has changed over the past year, with travelers booking more overnight stays and fewer day trips, a decline in road trips over 250 miles away and a higher volume of midweek travel.





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