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AAA Expects Record Number of Trips Over July 4th Weekend

WEIGHT. – According to the AAA, rising gas prices are not preventing travelers from taking summer trips.

Whether it’s a plane, train, or car, people are still willing to spend the extra money on vacation. AAA predicts that 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend, up 3.7% from 2021.

But high gas prices affect where people go and what they do when they get there.

AAA says more people are taking destinations that don’t require long driving once you get there.

“So, are you looking for something like an all-inclusive vacation where you can fly in and then stay there for a week, or do people go to major cities where, even if they are driving, they can park their car. and explore your destination through other forms of travel,” said Chuck Nardozza, managing director of travel sales for AAA Northeast.

The busiest time in Massachusetts over the holiday weekend is expected Thursday, June 30, on Interstates 93, 95, and the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to AAA. The worst time to travel would be Thursday and Friday evenings when travelers heading to their destination mix with passengers heading home for the weekend.

The AAA said drivers should expect similar gasoline prices through the summer, with relief hopefully coming in the fall.

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