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AAA releases Memorial Day Travel Forecast

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

AAA predicts nearly 35 million Americans will travel for the 2013 Memorial Day weekend.

This is a nearly 1% decrease from last year's numbers. Here are some highlights from the forecast:

  • Eighty-nine percent of travelers (31.2 million) to travel by automobile, an increase from 31.1 million last year
  • Holiday air travel expected to decrease eight percent to 2.3 million from 2.5 million in 2012
  • Memorial Day holiday travel volume is expected to remain above the 12-year historical average of 34.7 million
  • Median spending is expected to decrease more than six percent to $659, compared to $702 in 2012 with transportation costs consuming about 28 cents of every travel dollar.
  • Travelers intend to journey an average of 690 miles which is higher than last year's average of 642 miles

WTOC spoke with one woman who said she isn't surprised to see less people flying to their destinations for their vacations.

"I think for a lot of people it's expensive and things are difficult, especially because I'm a federal employee and we are going to be furloughed. So, people have to look at reduced income, so that doesn't really surprise me."

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