The countdown to summer is on. Even if you don’t have school age children at home, you know that you too are looking forward to the extended daylight hours, warmer waters, and the idea planted in your head since you were a kid that “Hey, it’s Summer, I should do something fun!”
With Memorial Day weekend just days away, travel and travelers are expected to surge this summer compared to the past few. In fact, a Deloitte survey showed that 54% of Americans are planning to take a trip between June 1st and Labor Day. Kicking things off this weekend, AAA is forecasting 30.7 million Americans to travel by motor vehicles for the holiday weekend. According to the agency, the average distance traveled over the holiday weekend is expected to drop to 642 miles this year, from 792 miles last year. And that number is based on the price of fuel.
Gas prices through the spring have definitely cut into vacation funds but relief is on the way! Gas prices are actually expected to come down to around an average of $3.50 per gallon this weekend. With some states expected to see fuel prices near $3 into the summer.
If you are planning on becoming a road warrior this summer, save cash for the gas tank by remembering to stay at hotels that offer complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet and free parking. The parking fees at some hotels can be more than $20 a night. Be sure you check that out BEFORE you pull in for the night.
Here are a few other helpful tips from the Travel Smart Blog:
Share Your Road Trip Tips
If you’ve racked up a fair share of miles on your odometer and have a worthwhile tip (how-to’s, where to go, or what to do’s) or story (lessons learned) to share, please post it in the comments section below or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm EST on Thursday, May 31st. Feel free to send pictures too!
Next week, we’ll choose the five most unique and helpful pointers of the bunch and post one tip daily right here on the Travel Smart Blog. Three runner-up advice-givers will each receive a $50 Visa® Prepaid Card and have their tips featured on the blog on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of next week. The providers of the two best tips will each receive an amazon Kindle and will have their tips spotlighted on the blog either Thursday or Friday of next week.
In the end, everyone’s a winner, because we all get to hear some great travel advice. Looking forward to hearing how you make the most of your road-trip travels!
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Save up to 30% on your Summer Travel, plus earn up to a $100 prepaid Visa card, when you book your summer getaway. Now, that’s a deal! Remember to use your Hotels.com coupon code to receive your great gift. For questions on the Hotels.com summer sale, call 866-285-9498.
I can’t wait to read your road trip tips!! So send them in and find out next week if your travel advice earned a Visa Card or Amazon Kindle!