4th of July weekend expected to break travel records

It might not be too late to plan a last minute trip

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you plan on traveling for Independence Day weekend, you’ll want to buckle up and prepare for a potentially long ride. There’s expected to be more travelers taking a trip this 4th of July than ever before.

43-million Americans are packing their luggage, strapping on their seatbelts, and taking a trip to ring in the 4th of July, the highest 4th of July travel in history

Of the Massachusetts residents traveling this holiday weekend, 90% plan to drive to their destination.

The price of gas could be part of the reason why more Americans are willing to get behind the wheel, and travel. On Average, a gallon of gas is $2.31, which is 47 cents cheaper than last year at this time.

Dina and Jordan Sibilia of West Springfield told 22News they’re hoping to find a way to avoid traffic during their drive to Myrtle Beach. “We’re thinking about doing overnight driving versus leaving during the day.”

Dina Sibilia said although they planned the trip last minute, they were still able to find some good deals. “This trip was very spontaneous, my son went to visit his friend in North Carolina last week, and we just decided spur of the moment, it was fairly easy to book it and get a hotel. It was inexpensive too,” she said.

It might not be too late to plan a last minute trip.

Sandra Marsian of AAA Pioneer Valley said you might not be able to get the ideal hotel room if you’ve just started to look, but options are still available. “It always depends on the availability, what level of hotel you want to stay at, and what your budget is, I think the less supply there is, the lower the price would be you have to pay at this late date. There are certainly people that cancel, and there may still be opportunities,” she said.

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