Memorial Day 2015 Offers Cruises, Travel Deals, Higher Gas Prices, And Heavier Travel

Memorial Day 2015 offers many events and activities for families this year. Barbecues and parades are standard fare. For those who are looking for more though, there are a wide array of trips and cruises available to help the family get away. Although gas prices have started to rise in anticipation of the Memorial Day weekend and more people will be traveling, the opportunities for holiday enjoyment this year are better than ever.

AAA President Marshall Doney reports that more people will be traveling this year over last year, according to The Hill

“Following a harsh winter, many Americans are trading in their snow boots for flip flops and making plans to start the season with a vacation getaway. AAA is expecting more Memorial Day travelers this year than any time in the past 10 years as confident consumers come out of hibernation ready to explore national parks, beach destinations and America’s great cities.”

For those who want to take the family on a cruise this Memorial Day 2015, there are many cruises still available, and prices are low with a range of $239 to $699 per person. Many different destinations are available. They include a 12 day trip to the Baltic, a sail along the Alaska glaciers, Bermuda, the Caribbean, or Key West, Florida. Cruises start to leave around May 20, so it’s important to grab those last minute deals as soon as possible, reports USA Today.

Families don’t have to leave the country when there are still plenty of other trips available to some of America’s most beautiful destinations. A wide variety of locals include everything from trips to the sand to the nation’s capital. Places to visit include Palm Springs, California, a trip to the Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana and site seeing in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. For those who are a little more adventurous, a sailing trip to Portland, Oregon or whale watching in Glaucester, Massachusetts might be the ticket. As always, according to International Business Times, New York offers plenty of sites to see.

As reported by AAA, 37.2 million people are traveling this year over the Memorial Day weekend. This is a 4.7 percent increase over last year. They cited strong employment and lower gas prices compared to last year. Although the price of gas is going up, the price has only increased about five cents nationwide. Last year, it was one dollar higher than this year. Thirty three million people are traveling by car, while 2.7 million will fly. Airfares are lower this Memorial Day 2015 while hotels prices are higher, around 16 percent over last year.

What are your plans for this Memorial Day 2015?

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