Although many of us are unemployed, more Californians will be getting out-of-town over the three-day weekend.
“We’re seeing a lot of people who are planning to travel despite still feeling the consequences of the recession.”
Cynthia Harris is with AAA of Northern California. She says nearly four million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. That’s up nearly 8% from last year.
“It’s always a good sign when people are traveling. It does help the economy.”
More people will be spending money in restaurants and hotels. And Harris says it also bodes well for the rest of the summer since Memorial Day Weekend represents the start of the travel season. The survey finds that driving is by far the most popular mode of transportation followed by flying.
“What we see is mostly people traveling within the state of California, getting out with their families after many months of being locked up because of rain and cold weather.”
Outdoor barbeques and dining with friends and family will be the main activity for most of the people polled.