Survey: Fewer Travelers During Memorial Holiday

AAA predicts a decrease in Memorial Day week-end travel in Ohio and across the nation(Photo: file)
AAA predicts a decrease in Memorial Day week-end travel in Ohio and across the nation(Photo: file)

AAA says fewer Ohioans will travel this Memorial Day week-end.

Kimberly Schwind of Ohio AAA says a sluggish economy and higher gas prices will keep some cars off the road.

“Well, drivers certainly are not happy with the prices.” Says Schwind.

Gasbuddy.com says Ohio and some surrounding Great Lakes states have the highest gas prices in the nation for the start of summer travel months. Prices ranging from $3.70 to near $4 per gallon. Schwind says while high gas prices will keep some would-be travelers at home, others will spend less on food and entertainment to help pay for gas.

“We found that $3.44 cents per gallon is actually kind of the breaking point where a lot of drivers start to change their driving habits.”

Schwind says the cost of gasoline is the largest portion of Ohioans holiday travel budget, about 28 percent.

For those planning long trips, Schwind says more travelers will stay grounded.

“So even these farther distances, Florida, the Carolinas, we’re noticing more and more people driving instead of flying, simply because airfare really has gone up significantly over the last several years and it’s really too high for many people.” Says Schwind.

Schwind says Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, and Orlando are the top three destinations for Ohioans traveling long distances this week-end.

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