Source: Associated Press
By Mark Glover

AAA Northern California estimates that 4.2 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, a 1.5 percent increase compared with last year.

“High debt burdens, gasoline prices and uncertainties regarding the strength of the current economic recovery have not deterred Californians from holiday travel,” said AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. “But many consumers intend to cut back on the distance they travel, as well as on entertainment expenses, to compensate … Others will be opting for backyard barbecues, a staple of this three-day holiday weekend.”

AAA said this Memorial Day more than 3.5 million Californians will drive to their destinations; nearly 400,000 will travel by air and about 265,000 will travel by other modes of transportation, including rail and bus.

Nationally, AAA expects more than 34 million people to travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend, a 1.2 percent increase over last year.