You and All Your Friends Are Apparently Road-Tripping Over Memorial Day
In what has to be one of the weirder press releases we've read in a long time, U-Haul is literally yelling at people regarding "the true meaning of Memorial Day." Quote-unquote: "Memorial Day IS NOT about getting an extra day off from work, having a picnic with family and friends, or taking advantage of all the many sales that will be offered." That ought to do the trick, because if there's anything we know about the Internet it's that capital letters are extra persuasive.
And yet somehow it seems as if holiday travelers haven't gotten the memo. U-Haul's caps aside, more Americans will be vacationing over this year's Memorial Day travel period than ever before. In 2011 the five-day periodThursday through Mondaysaw zero increase over 2010. One year later, with an economy that's kind of sort of improving, road trips are expected to be up to the tune of half a million more travelers.
For people who want more numbers, AAA just published a bunch of projections based on economic forecasting and what we expect was a healthy amount of research. Relatively more people will be driving than in the recent past88% of the 34.8 million Americans who will be travelingbut gas prices will keep them closer to home.
That still leaves about 2.5 million people who will be flying over the weekend. Your list of Top 10 "if you're here just kill yourself" airports is here courtesy of ABC News. ATL is at the top, obviously, and all three New York airports are also on the list.
Other than that the usual rules apply: know that you're going to be stuck in traffic, do what you have to do to stay sane, and don't drink and drive. Enjoy the long weekend.
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