Traveling this Memorial Day weekend? Many with sights set on the sand

posted by E. Caban, WCIV - 

It figures to be a very busy weekend on the roads and in the air. Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer.

Nearly 42 million Americans are planning some sort of getaway, according to AAA. That represents a nearly 5% increase from 2017. The travel period is considered to be Thursday, May 24 through Monday, May 28.

According to TripAdvisor, a travel and restaurant website, Friday is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

"Based on its Annual Memorial Day Travel Survey of more than 3,300 respondents, nearly one-third (30%) will be traveling to their destination on Friday," TripAdvisor said. 

Roads will be especially busy this weekend. 74% of travelers will be driving to their destinations, according to TripAdvisor.

21% of travelers plan to drive between 101 and 200 miles, 20% will go between 201 and 300 miles, and 16% will stay close to home and drive between 51 and 100 miles.

AAA of the Carolinas estimates 3.1 million people will fly to their destinations this holiday weekend. Leaders at Charleston International Airport have advised travelers to arrive early and to anticipate the potential for longer than normal lines.

CharlestonSC Airport@iflyCHS

Traveling soon? Perhaps for! weekend? Remember, we're not a sleepy, small-town airport any longer. Don't run the risk of missing your flight because of lines, parking delays or because you did not allow enough time. Arrive early!

The top trips travelers plan to take this weekend (according to TripAdvisor) include:

1.Beach/Ocean trip (26%)

2.City excursion (25%)

3.Mountain getaway (12%)

4.Lake escape (11%)

5.National park visit (9%)

Cost is always a major factor when it comes to choosing travel destinations. Gas prices are at their highest Memorial Day levels since 2014, according to AAA.

Average Memorial Day weekend travel prices, according to AAA, include:

$59 per day if you travel by car

$168 round trip if you travel by air

$186 per night if you plan to stay in a hotel

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