Memorial Weekend travel expected to be highest since Recession

Memorial Weekend travel is expected to be the highest since the Recession. AAA says 36.1 million Americans are traveling 50 miles or more. Similar to years past, most Americans are planning to drive to their destinations.

Although gas prices remain steady, travelers can expect to pay more in other categories, like hotels, airfare and rental cars. AAA predicts a 7% increase in those fees.

Even considering higher prices, Americans are ready to get away.

"The harsh winter has gotten people wanting to get out, travel, see something else and move around," said Richard Measell, an Associate Professor of Economics at St. Mary's College.

"But, the US economy and Europe are still not going real strong. So, I think we have to realize we're not booming by any stretch."

If your Memorial Day Weekend is a more of a "stay-cation," local experts suggest finding ways to save, especially considering meat prices are skyrocketing.

"There are some alternatives to the expensive cuts of meat we're used to," said Edie Sutton, an Extension Educator for Purdue University.

"A flat iron is a good choice, or a sirloin, or a chuck steak. The problem with a lot of these meats is when you grill them, they become tough," said Sutton.

"When we marinade a piece of meat in one of these more [acidic] marinades for 4-24 hours, it tenderizes them."

Sutton also suggests ditching high-priced decorations and disposable plastic ware. Another opportunity to stretch your food dollar, Sutton says, is to limit or get rid of the meat.

"Instead of using so much meat, think about using smaller amounts. Kabobs are a good choice, we need to add more veggies to our diets anyway," said Sutton.

"Use grilled eggplant [as] a nice alternative. Or we even have some of the veggie burgers out there."

To read the full AAA report on Memorial Day travel,
click here.

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