AAA predicts Memorial Day weekend travel “will be on fire”

AAA says high gas prices aren't deterring people from making summer travel plans.

Whether you plan to fly the friendly skies or sail a ribbon of highway for your Memorial Day weekend, rest assured you’ll be joined by many other people emerging from their COVID cocoons.

“Based on our projections, summer travel isn’t just heating up, it will be on fire,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, the American Automobile Club’s travel agency.

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The holiday marks the unofficial start to summer. AAA estimates that 39.2 million people, including nearly 1.5 million Ohioans, will travel more than 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend, which runs today through Monday. 

For Ohio, the number reflects an increase of nearly 7%, said Kimberly Schwind, executive director of public affairs for the AAA Ohio Auto Club. 

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