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More U.S. travelers plan to travel July 4th weekend as ‘non-arcations’ rise

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After Memorial Day weekend, Americans are still planning to travel during the next big US summer vacation, but with more planning and a sense of stability in regards to rising fuel prices.

Mary Ann Ha

More than 55 percent of American adults said they plan to travel for the Fourth of July weekend this year, up 8 percent from last year. survey from The Vacationer.

However, while overall travel intent continues to rise this summer, U.S. travelers are slightly less aggressive about more trips this summer vacation than they were last Memorial Day weekend, when travel intent increased nearly 33 percent across the country. compared to last year.

“While Americans are still going to be traveling in large numbers on the upcoming July 4th, the number will be slightly less compared to Memorial Day,” said Eric Jones, co-founder of The Vacationer. “Local events like fireworks are much more popular on the Fourth of July than Memorial Day, which will keep more people at home.”

Source: Vacationer

Nearly 43 percent of survey participants said driving would be their main mode of transport, up six percent from last year, despite rising gasoline prices. Conversely, the number of passengers in the upcoming summer holidays has decreased from 11% last year to 9%, and the remaining 3.69% plan to use public transport.

Not surprisingly, the likelihood of traveling on the Fourth of July decreases significantly with age. The age group most enthusiastic about the upcoming summer vacation is people aged 18 to 29. In the 30 to 44 age group, 64.77% expressed an intention to travel, and 50.55% of American adults aged 45 to 60 would travel on July 4th.

As more than 52 percent of Americans who intend to travel for the Fourth of July weekend decide again to change their plans with a “closer” — of those who drive, 26.5 percent choose to travel within 100 miles of their homes. , and 13.88% prefer to stay within a 250 mile radius. Of all age groups, the youngest generation of U.S. travelers between the ages of 18 and 29 are also more likely to travel on the Fourth of July.

Travelers learn on the go

While comparing a Memorial Day trip to a Fourth of July trip may seem like apples and oranges, there is a slight but noticeable difference in the general attitude of American travelers towards travel amid rising gas prices. Memorial Day is the first official, widely celebrated summer holiday in the US, and this year it has become something of a test run.

Fifty percent of Americans said their travel plans would be affected by gasoline prices on July 4, down nearly four percent from that day.

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