Many looking to hit the road this Memorial Day after being cooped up during year of pandemic
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Friday, May 28 is the start of the Memorial Day weekend, and many people in the ArkLaTex are choosing to travel this year.
Some say gas prices are putting a damper on their plans, while others are worried about COVID-19. Overall, most people seem happy to have the option to get out of town this year since everyone was stuck at home in 2020.
AAA reports that nearly 12 million people will take a holiday road trip by car this year, and 2.5 million will travel in the air.
Alexis Nestrud said as COVID-19 remains an issue, she is staying at home. “I’m vaccinated myself, and it’s that a lot of people in Louisiana aren’t vaccinated, and it’s still hard to get all these big groups of people together.”
Caitlin Golden said her concern is gas prices because they are making long drives more expensive.
GasBuddy reports that the average price of a gallon of gas will hit a seven-year high for Memorial Day weekend. The average price in Louisiana is $2.69 per gallon. In Texas, it’s $2.72. And in Arkansas, it’s $2.76. They all are at least 30 cents lower than the national average.
“It used to be $30 to fill up my truck, now it’s almost $60, so that pertains to how much money I can spend on gas versus exploring and things we can do,” Golden said.
Last year, 23.1 million people traveled amid the pandemic surge; this year, that number is increasing by 60%.
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