Memorial Day traffic expected to hit high this year

If you plan to travel for Memorial Day weekend, be prepared to spend some time sitting in traffic.

AAA is predicting that 39.3 million Americans will hit the road, take a flight, or otherwise out of the city between Thursday, May 25 and Monday, May 29. That would be the highest level for Memorial Day weekend since 2005, according to the AAA.

The prices of air tickets, hotels and car hire rates are all higher this Memorial Day compared with last year, an increase of 9 percent, 18 percent and 7 percent, respectively. And despite higher gas prices, the majority of traveling Americans — 88.1 percent, or 34.6 million — will reach their destination by car.

Approximately 2.9 million Americans will fly, an increase of 5.5 percent compared to last year.

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On the basis of AAA travel, Europe is a particularly popular destination this year: Rome, London, Dublin and Paris are all in the top 10. However, family-friendly hotel in Orlando, Florida, took first place for Memorial Day destinations.

If you are still looking for a Memorial Day vacation, check out these options for a cheap last-minute flights.

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