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Rough winter leads to more holiday travelers

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Travel experts say more than 36 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend.

A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road.

A little more than 700,000 of those travelers are from Wisconsin, according to AAA. That's a 1.1 percent increase from last year.

The holiday travel volume across the country is expected to reach a post-recession high, with eight of ten travelers driving to their destination, according to AAA.

“As we enter into the summer travel season with warmer temperatures and tulips in bloom, thoughts of historic cold are still fresh in the minds of Americans in many parts of the country,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA Chief Operating Officer. “The winter blues appear to have given Americans the travel bug and a case of cruise cabin fever as travel for the holiday is expected to hit a new post-recession high.”

Another shred of good news for travelers – gas prices are expected to continue on a downward trend. Gas experts say supply is rising and say the average driver will pay $3.63 per gallon.

“The temporary stability in the national average will ebb over the next week or two, and gas prices will head down again as we approach Memorial Day," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

You can find a list of current gas prices in your area by clicking here.

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