Millions expected to travel Memorial Day weekend

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- According to experts, today is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Whether you're taking a road trip or flight -- you'll have to pack your patience. Millions of people are planning to getaway for the Memorial Day weekend.

The long holiday weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer, also one of the busiest times of year to travel.

According to AAA, nearly 43-million people plan to go somewhere. Majority of them will be driving with 75-percent taking a road trip.

"We're going through Waukegan, we're going through Chicago on 94, so that's the reason we left a little early to get through there a little before rush hour," said a driver making a pit stop in Racine.

Some good news for drivers -- gas prices in Milwaukee are down from last year, according to experts at Gas Buddy. "More importantly they still start with a ‘2’ and I think that's gonna have Americans hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend, even though it stands to be a very stormy and wet one," said Patrick DeHaan, Head of Petroleum Analysis.

DeHaan added gas prices can drastically change when you cross state lines. It’s best to shop around before traveling to nearby states.

However, others are opting to fly, like Barry Ridke and his son traveling through Mitchell International Airport from Florida. "So far, so good,” he said. “Breezed right through security in Orlando which is a miracle, and looks good here too."

Because of heavier travel, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said they'll be out patrolling highways, also the airport.

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