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Record number of North Carolinians on the move as Memorial Day Weekend kicks off



CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — According to Triple-A, more than 43 million people will travel for Memorial Day Weekend this year, nearly equaling the record set back in 2005.

In North Carolina, Triple-A predicts a record 1.3 million people will be on the move this weekend, a nearly 4% increase from last year.

Close to 90% of Memorial Day travel is by car.

“I think a big reason for that is just travel has really bounced back,” Triple-A Director of Public Affairs Tiffany Wright said. “I mean, it bounced back last year. And it’s just year over year now we’re seeing since the pandemic that people are more confident about traveling.”

Wright said this year’s travel season will be less expensive than in year’s past.

“As we’re looking at the Memorial Day forecast, it’s cheaper to rent a car, it’s cheaper to lodge, so hotels are cheaper,” Wright said. “And flights are about the same domestically as they were last year. International flights are a little bit cheaper. So I can tell you the only bad thing thought is that if you are taking that road trip, you’re going to be paying more at the pump.”

Wright said drivers can expect to pay between 25 and 30 cents more at the pump than this time last year.

Judy Jennings drove from Yanceyville to Carolina Beach, ensuring she avoided the bad traffic by leaving on Wednesday.

“And you know with the way things are now, its good to be a little early than late,” Jennings said. “With hotels, AirBnB’s, whatever you know, so in case there’s any problems so, definitely learned it in the past about coming on a little early.”

And Carolina Beach kicked off the unofficial start to summer with its first Boardwalk Blast.

The event featured the dance show band, Carl Newton’s Band, and fireworks.

The Boardwalk Blast will continue every Thursday night, starting at 6:30 in the evening.

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