Updated May 1, 2018
April showers bring May flowers so it’s time to start planning your Memorial Day weekend getaways! This year the unofficial start of summer, otherwise known as Memorial Day, falls on May 25. After such a grueling winter, we’re all super excited to celebrate warmer weather and this quite possibly the most anticipated three-day weekend of the year as families pack up their cars and flock to newly opened beaches—which means plenty of traffic headaches. According to GasBuddy, “A recent Energy Information Administration projection pinned summer gasoline prices at $2.45/gal. Both numbers would represent the lowest summer prices in a decade.” So you can expect even heavier traffic than usual this year as you embark on your Memorial Day vacation. Strategy is key if you want to spend Memorial Day weekend getaways enjoying your destination rather than trapped in the car with cranky kids.
We’re dealing with a limited time-frame here and battling a few crowds is inevitable so be prepared. Make sure to bring enough snacks, drinks and entertainment to make it through an unplanned delay. If you’re flying, get to the airport extra early and download the My TSA mobile app.