Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer. Now, as we approach that weekend and head into the season with more people vaccinated and cities and states opening back up, many Americans are ready to get out and travel. A big question for many people is: what does travel look like after a year of staying home?
A popular travel option is being able to load up the car, stock up on your favorite snacks, and take a road trip. This year, more than 37 million people are expected to hit the road. A 60 percent increase compared to last year. Right now, popular travel destinations include being out in nature, visiting our national parks, and utilizing open spaces as people continue to distance from others as life slowly transitions to a post-pandemic world. However, with easing restrictions in most places, many travelers are still opting for traditional destinations that include Las Vegas, Mexico, Florida, and Hawaii.
For those who are looking to travel by car, the cost to get there is going to come at a much higher price compared to years past, literally.
The forecasted national average price per gallon for those looking to venture out is more than $3 per gallon for regular fuel. This marks a dollar increase from last year and the highest Memorial Day weekend average since 2014, when it was $3.66. A big factor in the price increase is the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, which provides nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply and caused prices to rise as well as gas shortages throughout the Southeast. While prices are expected to recover by Memorial Day weekend, consumers should still be prepared to pay a higher price at the pump.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who decide to hit the road, remember that it is always important to buckle up and exercise caution on the roads. So stay safe, do not drink and drive and share your travel experiences (including how much gas costs in your area) with us either on Facebook or Twitter!