Americans are once again hitting the road for the Fourth of July holiday season and travel experts say this is a good sign. The number of people that are planning to travel a distance of at 50 miles from their home has raised sharply since last year, according to AAA.
Citing lower gas prices and a better economic outlook, Americans who took part in AAA’s survey say that traveling is something that they missed during the recession period. They are planning to make up for that by traveling during the holidays as they have in the years past.
Experts agree that the rise in travel plans is a good sign for the economy. People tend to travel less when they are afraid that they will not have jobs when they return. However, the recent increases in jobs has many people back in the saddle and making up for lost time.
Campgrounds and RV parks are seeing a dramatic increase in reservations. This is in stark contrast to 2009 when some campgrounds were at risk of closing due to a lack of customers.
The traffic spike includes those traveling to the Gulf Coast, despite the fact BP has yet to contain the oil spill.
Even air travel is seeing a boost this holiday season. Airlines are reporting an increase of 8.2% over 2009 in the number of booked seats. This is great news for the faltering airlines who have seen nothing but low numbers since the price of fuel skyrocketed.
Still, AAA reports that this could be the beginning of a new age of travel. With more people willing to travel greater distances using their hybrid automobiles, the day of traveling by car may be returning.