Times have changed a bit since 1776, but one thing remains: the American people are ready to celebrate this July 4th. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founding Fathers undoubtedly rode into Philadelphia on their nays, but in 2017, NPR and AAA are reporting that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, by car or plane. That’s an increase of 3 percent, or more than one million people, from last year.
"...plenty of other good news besides the fireworks, ballgames, and grilling..."
What’s being considered “the most traveled Independence Day holiday ever”, 38 million people are expected to drive, 3.5 million people are forecasted to fly, and another 3.25 million will take another form of transportation – including cruises, buses, and trains.
According to NPR, there’s plenty of other good news besides the fireworks, ballgames, and grilling, as well. The national average gas price is 4 cents cheaper than last year at $2.28 per gallon. Flying is also at a bargain compared to year’s past with domestic flights 10 percent cheaper than 2016.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Luxury hotel brands beware, “Airbnb Lux” will soon be launching, according to Bloomberg News. Aimed at wealthier travelers and consumers that like to know they’re getting a certain level of consistency and service, Airbnb Lux will offer a rental service for mega-homes, mansions, and penthouses – that will all be inspected to ensure they meet luxurious requirements.The company will slowly roll the luxury service out in a few markets at the end of this year. If testing goes well, Airbnb will plan a broad rollout of its “Lux” offering in 2018.
- The Japanese culture is known for its warm hospitality. "Omotenashi" is the traditionally correct way to treat a guest in Japan and the guiding principle may have something to do with the steady increase in inbound tourism. Regardless of the cause, investors are noticing the influx and rapidly building new hotel complexes to accommodate.
According to Hospitality Net, stakeholders in the Japanese market have a goal of welcoming 40 million international travelers each year by 2020, when Tokyo is scheduled to host the Olympics and the Paralympics.
- Who said anything about partisan politics? A Republican-majority Senate has decided to ignore President Trump’s proposal to privatize air traffic control that would have laid off more than 30,000 workers from federal payroll. According to Fox Business, the FAA legislation that has just passed the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in the senate also increases spending for airport improvements, protects passengers from being forcibly removed from a plane, and requires airlines to refund services - such as early boarding or seat assignments that the passengers do not ultimately receive.
- On the lighter side of things: That’s one lucky baby! USA Today reports that a baby was born on a Spirit Airlines flight on Saturday with the help of a few qualified fellow passengers. As if the gift of life wasn’t enough, newborn Christoph Lezcano and a guest can fly free every year on his birthday for life courtesy of Spirit Airlines.