AAA Travel predicted that 47.9 million people would travel 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
The prediction for the 2022 holiday travel window would mark a 3.7 percent increase from last year and bring travel volumes just shy of those seen in 2019.
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The data also shows that despite rising gas prices, 42 million people are expected to drive to their destinations, a new record if it comes to fruition. Recent problems with air travel and constant concerns about cancellations and delays may be causing the increase.
“The volume of travelers we expect to see during Independence Day is a definite sign that summer travel is picking up steam,” said AAA Travel Senior Vice President Paula Twidale. “Earlier this year, we started to see an increase in travel demand and it’s not slowing down. People are ready for a break, and despite things costing more, they are finding ways to take much-needed vacations.”
Independence Day is shaping up to be the second busiest since 2000 as travel volumes continue to rise along with prices. AAA Travel survey fund airfares are up 14 percent, mid-range hotel rates are up about 23 percent, and car rental rates are $40 more per day on average compared to years prior to the pandemic.
As for the busiest days to travel, the data shows that July 1 is shaping up to be the busiest for air travel, while the Thursday and Friday before the holiday are forecast to be the busiest days for those they lead.
“Traveling by car provides a level of comfort and flexibility that people may be looking for given the recent challenges with flying,” Twidale continued. “But not all destinations are within driving distance, which doesn’t mean you should abandon your vacation plans. The best advice we can give travelers is to consider working with a travel agent who can help plan for the unexpected, like a canceled flight. They are your best defender.”
AAA Travel also broke down the most popular domestic and international travel destinations for 2022. In the United States, Orlando, Seattle, New York, Anaheim, Anchorage, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Denver and Chicago round out the top 10.
As for international destinations, Vancouver, Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin, Calgary, Punta Cana, Cancun and Nassau are considered the most popular this summer.
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