LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.
That’s the forecast from auto club AAA, which expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more. About 2.7 million people from D.C., Maryland and Virginia will travel at least 50 miles during the holiday weekend, AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts.
If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005.
AAA officials, along with representatives of traffic agencies in D.C, Maryland and Virginia, said at a news conference Tuesday that almost 90 percent of those planning to travel during the holiday weekend will do so by car.
Although most will drive to their vacation spots, more people are expected to fly or take a cruise or train this year compared with a year ago, AAA says.
Holiday air travel is expected to increase by 2.6 percent at the D.C. region’s three largest airports.
The improving job market, a rise in disposable income and the desire to get out of the house after a brutal winter are fueling the increase in holiday travel plans, AAA finds.