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AAA predicting busy summer travel season, despite soaring gas prices

NEW YORK — Memorial Day Weekend is nearly right here, and despite COVID-19 considerations, hundreds of thousands of persons are anticipated to travel. But, it isn’t going to be low cost. 

Expect to really feel the squeeze in your pockets if you happen to determine to hit the street this weekend. 

AAA simply did an evaluation of travel tendencies for the vacation weekend. More than 39 million persons are anticipated to travel a minimum of 50 miles from house, a rise of 8.3% over final year. 

“Usually, if Memorial Day is busy, the summer will be busy, and it’s looking very busy indeed,” Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA Northeast, advised CBS News New York. “For the rest of spring, on into summer, and even fall, we’re seeing travel bookings that are up 25 to 50%.”

Gas prices are sky-high, and prices all through the Tri-State are above the nationwide common. The common worth per gallon in New York City is $5.04, in New Jersey is $4.76 and in Connecticut is $4.68.

“Despite the fact that gasoline is at near all-time highs, folks are taking advantage of having some extra time off and getting out there and trying to do something. They’ve been cooped up for a couple years, so there’s just like wanderlust that’s gripping the nation,” Sinclair mentioned. 

According to AAA’s analysis, each air travel and resorts are going to price extra for vacationers this summer. Hotel prices have risen 42%. 

One vivid spot is day by day automobile leases are down 16% over the previous year. 

Watch the video above for the complete interview.

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