How Many People Will Be on the Road This Memorial Day Weekend?

On one of the busiest traveling holidays of the year, you can expect quite a few vacationers to be out on the road celebrating the first real weekend of summer. But just how many should you expect?

According to AAA Travel, 36.1 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more away from home, with 88 percent choosing automotive as their method of transportation.

This marks the highest Memorial Weekend travel since 2000 and is up 1.5 percent from last year. Possible causes of this increase include the unusually long winter and a post-recession economy.

While hotel rates and car rental prices may increase slightly, AAA expects gas prices to go down during the holiday weekend.

If you're planning a last-minute Memorial Weekend trip, possible ideas include canoeing on a nearby river, camping out at your local state park, finding a cheap hotel at the closest urban paradise, posting up poolside at a resort, or having a stay-cation filled with BBQ, neighborhood pools, friends and backyard games.

If the idea of 36.1 million people on the road with you is a bit unnerving, we suggest the last option.