More travelers expected Memorial Day weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite the rain, we’ve been enjoying very seasonable springtime temperatures, and summer will be here before we know it. We’re about a week away from the unofficial start of the season, Memorial Day.

At times it seemed the snow and bitter cold might never end.. but like every New Englander knows good things come to those who wait.

“It’s been a long cold winter and I think everyone is a little housebound. It’s time to get out and stretch your legs. I’m looking forward to the summer,” said Bill Duquette from Springfield.

With just a week to go until the unofficial start of the summer season, you may be eagerly awaiting your first chance to pack your bags and get away. If you’re hitting the road Memorial Day weekend, you won’t be alone.

“If you leave at 9 or 10 you’re foolish. Don’t go. You’ll probably run out of gas. You’ll have to get gas twice!” said Rich Kalbko from Chicopee.

Memorial Day travel is expected to hit pre-recession highs with more than 36 million Americans making a trip. But not everyone is enjoying that renewed consumer confidence and disposable income. Some told 22News they’ll be making the most of their summers with family and friends locally.

“We used to go camping and spend a weekend in Maine, anything like that. Now I can’t even afford that. Everything is expensive, even to go camping,” said Luis Serrano from Springfield.

According to AAA, the current average price for a gallon of regular in the Springfield area is $3.67. One year ago right now it was about 20 cents lower.


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