When it is safe to travel, AAA expects vacationers will explore America’s backyard
For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast – which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend – will return next year.
Forecasts suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered the unofficial start of the summer travel season.
For those who are making travel plans, short trips seem to be the trend. Seattle tends to be one of the top 10 worst traffic spots.
Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day Weekend – the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000.
With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low.