(WTNH/AAA) – Independence Day is this weekend, and many Americans plan to travel for the holiday weekend. AAA says that nearly 42 million people are expected to either drive or fly between July 1st and July 5th. Of those 42 million, about 2.1 million New Englanders will travel and 1.8 million of those will be on the road.
This years 42 million dollar figure is just .7% increase compared to last year. AAA says of the 42 million, 85% (or 35.5 million) will drive to their destination. And another 8% (3.2 million) will fly. Another 8% of travelers will take trains or buses or other modes of transportation.
More travel may be because of lower gas prices. As prices remain well below the levels they were at this time last year. Lodging however are a bit higher. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average nightly stay in a Two Diamond hotel is 6% higher this year at $145, while Three Diamond hotels will cost 9% more, averaging $195. Airfares are 6% higher than last year for domestic flights.