DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Expect to have plenty of company if you’re heading out this weekend. More than 38 million Americans are expected to travel. That’s the largest number since 2005.
A record 1.4 million Ohioans are traveling this memorial day and some travelers we spoke with say the high gas prices has them planning their trip closer a little closer to home this year.
While millions hit the road this weekend, some here in the Miami Valley are saving money and doing just the opposite.
“I was shocked Monday when I went to get gas and it had gone up,” Sarah Kobus said. “I do travel alot and I did re-consider my driving plans for this weekend.”
“I just wish gas prices would go down,” Kimi Patton said. “I could travel more. I could do more. I think a lot of us could do more.”
Despite the higher gas prices, AAA is still predicting this memorial day weekend will be busy with travelers. And it’s not just highways seeing an influx in travelers, but airports as well.
For some arriving at Dayton International, they say wait times were shorter than they expected.
“I flew through Boston. I flew through Manchester. I flew through Philadelphia. And I saw no unreasonable lines,” Mike Eviston said. “The longest wait would be maybe ten minutes.”
“It was a pretty crowded experience, but we made it on time,” Dan Doyle said. “Fortunately we had enough time between our layover, but a couple behind us in the plane they didn’t.”
To make sure you do have enough time, airport officials say you should arrive at least two hours before you’re flight.