Memorial Day Travel Survey: Just Over Half Have Ever Traveled for Memorial Day Weekend

Early reports showed that Memorial Day travel was expected to decrease this year, partially because of gas prices and similar fees. But how many Americans are traveling this year compared with previous years? And are there other factors that might impact travel plans?

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Memorial Day Travel

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 16% of US respondents said that they have traveled at least 50 miles over Memorial Day weekend. Of those travelers, 77% said they traveled by personal vehicle. 18% said they traveled by airplane. 17% traveled by bus. And 11% traveled by train.

Past Travel

In general, 4% of respondents said that they always travel over Memorial Day weekend. 10% said that they travel most years. 34% said that they have traveled a few times. And 8% said that they’ve only traveled once. 45% said that they never travel over Memorial Day weekend. Of those traveling this year, 17% said they always travel and 22% said they travel most years.

Time Off Work

Gas prices and related costs have certainly played a part in people’s traveling decisions, but there might be other factors at play for some. For instance, 37% of respondents said that they don’t get Memorial Day off work, and neither do any of their immediate family members. However, 63% said that they or their immediate family members do get a day off work this year for Memorial Day. Of those who are traveling this year, 78% have the day off work.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 24 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.