Despite record-high gasoline prices and a shaky economy, the number of Americans planning road trips for the Memorial Day weekend has dropped only slightly from last year, according to a survey released Thursday by AAA.
The country's economic woes also will do little to discourage Americans from heading to the airports for next week's long weekend, according to the online survey of 2,000 adults, which the Travel Industry Assn. conducted and analyzed for AAA.
About 31.7 million Americans plan to travel by car that weekend, a decline of about 1% from the 32 million a year earlier, AAA said. About 4.35 million people plan to travel by air, slightly fewer than 4.37 million who took to the skies during the three-day period last year.
Over the last year, average fuel costs nationwide have jumped 67 cents to $3.78 a gallon. In California, the average is now a record $3.94 a gallon. AAA predicts airfares will be about 8% higher this Memorial Day weekend compared with last year's.