Planes, Trains & Cars: Memorial Day travel

Hitting the road for Memorial Day?  You’ll be among the millions taking part in the annual pilgrimage to cookouts, family reunions, fishing trips, or visits to Grandma.  This year the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts a 5.4% increase in travel.    That’s about 32.1 million people, up from 30 million in 2009.   If you want to avoid the traffic, maybe you’ll want to go to Florida where a 5 percent decrease in travel is expected.

Here’s some other interesting stats on Memorial Day travel:

* Spending is expected to average $809 per trip;
* Average distance traveled by Americans will be approximately 626 miles;
* Memorial Day holiday weekend airfare is expected to remain the same as the previous year at the lowest average round-trip fare of $176 per ticket;
* Car rental rates will drop to $36 per day compared to $43 a day last Memorial Day weekend;
* Hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond properties are expected to drop one percent with travelers averaging $141 per night.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has some more info on Memorial Day.

When you’re recovering from too much bratwurst, you may want to park it in a lawn chair and do some leisure reading – check out our search feature for the library’s popular reading collection

Some other books that tie in with holiday travel:

Two Billion Cars: Driving Towards Sustainability Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009

Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008

Amtrak: the History and Politics of a National Railroad Boulder: Lynne Reiner, 1998

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