This Will Be the Busiest Time To Travel This Summer (By Far)
Maybe consider taking a staycation this weekend instead.
It isn’t exactly surprising to hear that, come summer, Americans are always on the go. According to a recent AAA travel survey, nearly 100 million of us (or 4 in 10 adults) are planning to take a family vacation this year, with 70 percent of those getaways happening in the heat of summer.
But despite the fact that, for many of us, PTO is limited and summer days—from Memorial Day through Labor Day—are vast, this year, it seems we’re all penciling in our precious time off on the exact same dates.
According to a new report from Vacasa, if you’re looking to set off on the open roads this summer, you might want to avoid traveling over 4th of July weekend. During the holiday—which falls this year on a Thursday, making long weekend getaways favorable—more people plan to travel than on both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends combined. Of the travelers polled by the vacation rental site, nearly 50 percent reported they’re planning to travel over 4th of July, versus just 23 percent and 19 percent for Memorial Day and Labor Day, respectively.
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And where do these patriotic revelers plan on heading? To the beach, of course. According to Vacasa, 70 percent of respondents will beeline to the shore for their summer vacays. And, frankly, we can’t blame them. Beach towns are home to some of the best 4th of July celebrations in the country, from the nation’s oldest Independence Day bash in Bristol, Rhode Island, to the eight-day marathon of 4th of July fun in Southport, North Carolina. (Check out 10 of our favorite festive 4th of July beach towns here.)
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these patriotic paradises, chances are you’re lucky enough to be staying put. If you do plan on traveling, however, keep in mind that 64 percent of vacationers could be sharing the roads with you—so, perhaps it’s a good time to scout out train tickets instead.