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AAA: 800,000 to travel this weekend

More than 800,000 Washington area residents plan to travel over Memorial Day weekend, a six percent increase over last year, according to the annual AAA survey.

Though gas prices are up 42 cents a gallon since last Memorial Day, the AAA credited a rebounding economy and travel discounts with encouraging people to travel.

Nationally, the AAA's survey found that 32.1 million Americans say they will travel from home over the weekend, a 5.4 percent increase over 2009.


AAA's Lon Anderson attributed the increase to pent up desire to travel among people who stayed home during the past two years of recession. The rebounding economy and discounts being offered by resort destination have lured people back into travel mode, he said.

Though gas prices are higher than last year, they have dropped by several cents per gallon since peaking on May 6, Anderson said.

-- Ashley Halsey III

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Flying, driving or staying home? Post a comment below. And on Thursday join AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman Lon Anderson for a chat on the best ways to get of town for the Memorial Day weekend at washingtonpost.com/liveonline.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 26, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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Traffic on I-95 in both directions shouldn't be too bad since most of the long-distance traffic will be on the MD and VA I-95 bypasses.

Oops! Sorry. For a minute I thought our "leaders" and "planners" had shown some courgage and common sense instead of bowing down to NIMBYs and road-haters.

I guess we'll just have to put up with the awful traffic like we've done for over a generation since no one can "Take Metro!" to North Carolina.

Happy motoring, for what it's worth.

Posted by: ceefer66 | May 26, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

That sure seems like a lot of travel! I didn't think to check on the price of gas this weekend, ugh. Typically, it never seems to fail that my stomach gets upset when I travel and I don't get the chance to very often but as long as I take my Vidazorb probiotic with me and some spending cash - I think I am more than ready to go on a vaca!

Posted by: smilinggreenmom | May 31, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

That sure seems like a lot of travel! I didn't think to check on the price of gas this weekend, ugh. Typically, it never seems to fail that my stomach gets upset when I travel and I don't get the chance to very often but as long as I take my Vidazorb probiotic with me and some spending cash - I think I am more than ready to go on a vaca!

Posted by: smilinggreenmom | May 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

That sure seems like a lot of travel! I didn't think to check on the price of gas this weekend, ugh. Typically, it never seems to fail that my stomach gets upset when I travel and I don't get the chance to very often but as long as I take my Vidazorb probiotic with me and some spending cash - I think I am more than ready to go on a vaca!

Posted by: smilinggreenmom | May 31, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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