There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by spending time away with the ones you love.
If you’re heading out of town over the next few days, you aren’t alone. The Transportation Security Administration is projecting one of the busiest Fourth of July holidays on record, with an estimated 28.3 million passengers and crew passing through their airport screening points between June 28 and July 9, 2018.
And that doesn’t include those taking road trips, buses or trains. In its travel forecast, AAA projects 39.7 million people will be hitting the roads for the holiday. That’s up more than 5 percent from last year.
That’s a lot of travelers.
AAA cited cheap airfare and stabilizing gas prices as perks for travelers, but said lodging and car rental prices have increased over last year. Not all brands are charging more, though.
To celebrate America’s Independence Day, Diamond Resorts is offering 20 percent off its Best Available Rate for travel between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 when you book by July 9, 2018. Of course, terms apply and all reservations are subject to availability, but that means you can spend the Fourth of July with your family, and then travel again for cheaper – when it isn’t as busy.
With the deal, you have the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of America at resorts like Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida or The Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.
You could beat the crowds by hitting Virginia Beach in the fall with a stay at Ocean Beach Club or Oceanaire Resort – both right on the beach! You can be in the middle of the action at Boardwalk Resort, or if that’s not for you, go south to the Virginia Beach’s quieter end and stay at Turtle Cay Resort.
You can choose whatever works best for your family, because after all, they are what really matters most in life.
If you are traveling this Fourth of July, here are a few tips to make your trip as safe and smooth as possible:
- Plan for delays. Whether you’re flying or driving, experts recommend planning extra time into your schedule or avoiding peak traveling times, if possible. AAA is predicting Tuesday, July 3 to be the worst day for travel, especially if you’re heading out in the afternoon.
- Pack smart. If you’re flying, be sure to brush up on TSA’s travel regulations, including to 3-1-1 liquids rule, which applies to any sunscreen or beverages packed in your carry-on. If you’re driving, be sure to stock up on water to stay hydrated in the summer heat, and don’t forget sunscreen and a hat to protect from the harsh sun.
- Check the weather. Be sure to check local weather reports before you head out – and pack accordingly. You’d hate to fly across the country with only swimsuits and shorts, expecting a warm beach week, and arrive to find the weather cooler than anticipated. Check ahead of time and consider packing extra, if you have the space. Better to be safe than sorry!
And with anytime you travel, the most important thing to remember is: be safe. Don’t forget to celebrate this Fourth of July holiday responsibly, whether with family or friends, at home or across the country.