Stats: 1 Million More Memorial Day Travelers Expected This Year

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AAA Michigan is projecting more Michigan residents will travel this Memorial Day weekend compared to a year ago.

The travel organization said Wednesday that it expects 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend, one million more than past year and the most since 2005.

The auto club says this would be the second most travelers for the holiday since 2006 and a 2.5 percent increase from past year. 234,000 are expected to travel by air and 159,000 are expected to travel by bus, train, or cruise ship. An improved economy is the most important reason cited for the jump in Memorial Day travel. Travelers can check gas prices at GasPrices.AAA.com.

During Memorial Day weekend, troopers will be out on OH roads to encourage drivers to wear their safety belts. According to AAA, Airfare for 40 domestic routes is up 9% from 2016, with the average price of a roundtrip ticket hovering around $181.

Cancun, Mexico tops the list of Priceline's trending destinations, with an nearly 40 percent increase in bookings, year over year, for the holiday weekend.

It's the sixth consecutive year that the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown compared to the previous year, the Auto club said in a statement, adding that this year will see the largest number since the all-time record of 3.2 million in the Southland and 5.18 million statewide, which was set in 2005.

To avoid spending too much of the holiday weekend in bumper-to-bumper traffic, AAA recommends motorists avoid traveling through major cities during peak travel times. The increase in the number of travelers may lead to some traffic jams.

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For those renting cars, the busiest airport pick-up locations are expected to be Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL), and Denver (DEN), based on Hertz data from 2016.

AAA and Waze share perspectives on holiday travel According to Waze, the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app, Chicago, Los Angeles and NY are the busiest metro areas this Memorial Day weekend, based on last year's accident and traffic jam data.

Before setting out for Memorial Day, download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

AAA's projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit, a London-based research firm. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.

The unofficial start of summer has many Americans eyeing a getaway.

AAA, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will hold a media availability session, May 17, 10:30 a.m. on the corner of Goodale and Park Streets in Columbus to prepare motorists for holiday travel.

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