Batten down the hatches: More Floridians are set to travel during the Memorial Day holiday than since 2005. AAA projections being released today estimate that 2.08 million Sunshine State residents will be striking out for the holiday, among 39.3 million weekend road warriors nationwide.
"The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year," Vicky Evans, AAA assistant vice president for travel sales development, said in a release. "Higher confidence, rising wages and recent gas price declines have bolstered consumer spending, leaving many Americans with more money to spend on travel this Memorial Day."
According to Evans, trips booked through AAA are up 17 percent from this time last year for Florida. This year's record-breaking crowd is up a little more than 3 percent from last year's 66,169 count.
Most Americans, the release said, will stay within a 50-mile radius of their home. For those traveling by car, state gas prices averaged $2.32 per gallon Tuesday afternoon, slightly higher than this past week's $2.28 per gallon. Last year, gas averaged $2.25 per gallon in Florida for Memorial Day and $2.32 per gallon nationally.
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