More travelers in the US plan to travel this 4th of July weekend as ‘closer’ increases

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After Memorial Day weekend, Americans are still planning to travel during the upcoming major summer vacation in the US, but with more careful planning and stabilizing sentiment around higher fuel prices.

Mary Ann Ha

More than 55 percent of American adults said they plan to travel this year’s Fourth of July weekend — an eight percent increase from the Fourth of July last year, with many taking into account rising gas prices and considering trips closer to home, according to a report accident. Survey by vacationer.

However, while overall intent to travel continues to rise this summer, travelers in the US are a bit less aggressive about travel this summer than last Memorial Day weekend, which saw a rise in desire to travel by about 33 percent compared to last year.

“While Americans are still traveling in droves next July 4th, the numbers are going to be a little lower compared to Memorial Day,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer. “Local activities like fireworks are more common on 4th of July than Memorial Day, which will keep more people at home.”

Source: vacationer

Nearly 43 percent of survey respondents said driving would be their primary mode of transportation, a six percent increase from last year, despite higher gas prices. On the contrary, the number of travelers for the upcoming summer vacation has decreased from 11% last year to 9%, and the remaining 3.69% are planning to use public transportation.

Not surprisingly, the likelihood of traveling on the Fourth of July decreases significantly with age. The age group most enthusiastic about traveling in the upcoming summer holidays is those between the ages of 18 and 29, with 68.62 percent answering yes to 4th of July flights. In the 30-44 age group, 64.77 percent expressed an intent to travel and 50.55 percent of American adults ages 45 to 60 will travel on the Fourth of July.

With more than 52 percent of Americans planning to travel on road trips this Fourth of July weekend, many are once again choosing to change their plans with “getting closer” — to those who drive, 26.5 percent have chosen to travel within 100 miles of their homes. , and 13.88 percent choose to stay within a 250-mile radius. Among all age groups, the younger generation of American travelers, ages 18 to 29, are also most likely to take road trips on the Fourth of July.

Travelers learn as they go

While comparing Memorial Day travel to Fourth of July travel may sound like apples and oranges, there is a small but noticeable difference in the general feeling of American travelers about traveling amid rising gas prices. Memorial Day is the first publicly celebrated summer holiday in the United States, and this year was an experience of sorts.

Fifty percent of Americans said their travel plans would be affected by gas prices on the Fourth of July, which is about four percent down from last Memorial Day weekend, when 53.6 percent of American adults said gas prices would affect their travel plans. .

One reason gas fears have decreased a bit may be that people travel a little less than Memorial Day. Many Americans watch fireworks during this particular holiday, which are usually in local parks and areas not far from their homes. Since they won’t drive long distances, gas isn’t a concern.

On the other hand, while finances remain unpredictable and remain strong determinants of summer travel, it is possible that American travelers will enjoy a bit more stability in their summer travel plans for July than in late May.

As summer rolls on and American travelers get a better idea of ​​what the costs of domestic summer travel might look like, those planning summer trips will be less likely to make last-minute changes to their plans.

“Travelers are now dealing with inflation and gas prices for longer and know how to adjust expenses accordingly,” Jones adds. “After Memorial Day expenses, they can better plan for the Fourth of July.”

While the impact of inflation on domestic travel remains high, a slight decrease in adjustments indicates that travelers may have learned their lesson and are making plans that have already been adjusted for inflation, or may not travel at all.

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