What to expect for this summer travel season

News 12’s Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by AAA Northeast spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. and New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association CEO Dana Lancellott to discuss tips for summer travel. 

AAA says more than 39 million Americans are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend, which is a more than 8% increase from last year.

Of that number, Sinclair says more than 34 million will be driving to their destination, which is a 1.5 million increase over last year. He says other forms of travel, such as trains, buses and cruise ships, have also skyrocketed in numbers. 

Memorial Day is usually a good predictor of what’s to come for summer travel. Sinclair says AAA is already seeing a high amount of travel bookings for the summer and fall. Top flight destinations for the upcoming season include Florida, Germany, Italy, Bermuda and the Bahamas. 

As gas prices continue to surge across the tri-state, how can drivers save while traveling? Sinclair says drivers should consider the location of gas pumps, tire pressure and speed. 

Lancellott says the tri-state area offers a variety of different landscapes and history to explore. She says there are fun activities to choose from that don’t require gas usage, such as train tours, kayaking and biking.

Lancellott reminds travelers to be patient in their destinations, as many businesses are still seeing staff shortages, which could mean longer wait times.