While road, rail, bus and air travel are all rebounding, numbers have not returned to 2019 levels.
Travel is predicted to continue to rebound during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally marks the start of the summer vacation season, AAA Travel senior vice president Paula Twidale said in a statement Tuesday.
AAA Travel predicts a 60% year-over-year jump in the number of Americans hitting the rails, airports and roads—even as gas prices soar to levels not seen in seven years.
The more than 37 million people expected to travel between May 27 to 31 will mostly head to domestic destinations, Twidale said, with the loosening or end of lockdown restrictions and higher vaccination rates driving the urge of many Americans to take a getaway.
“As more people get the Covid-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” Twidale said. “This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator for summer, though we must all remember to continue taking important safety precautions.”