AAA Texas says that 3.5 million Texans will travel 50-plus miles from home over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The travel agency says it will be a three percent increase over 2021 and will bring overall travel volumes to less than one percent of those seen in 2019.
Car travel is expected to set a new record, according to AAA Texas, despite the high gas prices with 3.1 million people hitting the roads in the Lone Star State.
“Summer travel is in high gear with more Texans than ever expected to travel by car this Independence Day,” said Kent Livesay, Vice President and General Manager, AAA Texas. “Travel demand has been on the rise since the beginning of this year and is not letting up. Texans are ready for a break and despite things costing more, they are still ready to take that much needed vacation.”
Across the U.S., the travel agency is predicting nearly 48 million people will travel for the holiday with 88% doing so by car.
Recent issues with air travel and concerns of cancelations and delays may be driving the increase, according to AAA. The air travel represents the lowest since 2011.