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Memorial Day travelers


Americans appear ready to welcome the unofficial kickoff to the Summer travel season.
According to Triple-A's annual memorial day travel forecast.
More people will travel for the long weekend this year than last year.
   
The Summer travel season will get off to a hot start, thanks in part to a long winter.

According to the annual Memorial Day weekend travel forecast from Triple-A, 36.1 million Americans will make a getaway at least 50 miles from home.

That's an increase of 1.5% over last year's travelers, and the highest volume since the recession. After the Winter's freezing temperatures, people are eager to hit the road.

While it was a difficult Winter for many, the harsh Winter appears to be good news for people gaining interest in summertime travel.

As usual, the majority of travelers will drive 88% and they'll find prices at the pump on par with maybe even slightly lower than one year ago, an average of 3:63 per gallon, barring any unexpected events between now and the holiday. 

Travelers will encounter slightly higher rates for hotel rooms, up 2% and rental cars, up 1%.

The area with the biggest uptick -- airfares, up 6% over last Memorial Day. If you're looking for a deal, Tripadvisor recommends looking at other weekends.

It might be too late to get an airfare deal for Memorial Day weekend, but there are still airfare deals for the rest of the Summer, especially right now if you're planning to get away in August or even over Labor Day.

But with Memorial Day dubbed the unofficial kickoff to Summer, many won't want to wait, especially to the beach destinations which Tripadvisor says will be popular. Just expect more company along the way.