The American holiday, the Fourth of July, is approaching quickly. Although travel demand in the United States has been low, the AAA believes that travel will spike during this popular holiday. In fact, this association projected that some 42.3 million Americans are going to travel during July 4. This will actually tie 2007 records for the highest travel volume in the past decade.
Reports from the AAA show that the amount of Americans who will travel at least 50 miles from their home or more this year will increase by 4.9 percent when compared to last year. A lot of this has to do with lower gas prices. However, the fact that this year’s July 4 falls mid-week means that people will be taking a longer holiday and thus feel like they can travel further from home.
Ragina C. Averella, who is the manager of public and government affairs for the AAA, said that the robust volume of Fourth of July travelers is being fed by Americans’ appetites for travel. The truth is, Americans love to travel, and they have not been able to travel as much as they would have liked to as of late. This is the second major holiday this year where travelers indicated a determination to get away while economizing by actively seeking value-added travel options and activities.
If reports from the AAA are correct, then holiday traffic will increase nearly 42 percent from 2009 levels. This means, that the United States is starting to recover. As this happens, it should help economies around the world to recover as well.