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Memorial Day travel to hit 12-year high

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AAA predicts 39 million Americans will travel for the Memorial Day holiday. (NBC photo) AAA predicts 39 million Americans will travel for the Memorial Day holiday. (NBC photo)

Millions of Americans are set to begin their summer adventures this Memorial Day weekend, and according to AAA, they're also ready to open their wallets.
 
Travel and transportation costs are all on the rise this year, as are the number of people planning vacations.
 
"We are projecting that 39 million Americans will be traveling this holiday and that is one million more than we saw last year," says AAA's Tamara Johnson.

Of those millions, 88 percent will drive. Airports will also be busy, as nearly 3 million vacation travelers take to the skies.

An increasing number of people, 1.75 million, will use other forms of transportation, like trains, buses, and cruise ships. 

Topping the most popular destinations is Orlando, Florida, followed by the European cities of Rome, London, and Dublin, and Vancouver, Canada rounding out the top five. 

But all of this adventure comes with a price tag.

Gas prices are expected to be at their highest since 2015. Airfares, car rental, and mid-range hotel rates are also pricier than last year, but that's not keeping families away. 

"We see that consumer spending is up, unemployment is down, so consumers are taking the additional money they have in their pocket and investing it towards the trip," Johnson said.
 

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