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According to AAA, this year will see the highest volume of Memorial Day travel since 2005

  • According to AAA, 39.3-million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home next weekend, which translates to the highest volume of travel since 2005
  • 34.6-million Americans will drive to their destination, an increase of 2.4%, while another 2.9-million will be flying, which is a 5.5% increase over last year
  • Orlando, Florida is the most popular destination for Memorial Day travel, followed by Rome and London 

We’re only one week away from Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re looking forward to getting away thanks to the extra day out of the office, know that you will not be alone. 

According to AAA, 39.3-million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home next weekend, which is one million, or 2.7%, more travelers than last year and which translates to the highest volume of travel since 2005. This is also the third consecutive year the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown.

And with all those travelers there's bound to come traffic, with 34.6-million Americans, or 88.1% of travelers, driving to their destination, an increase of 2.4% from 2016. Another 2.9-million will be flying, which is a 5.5% increase over last year, while 1.75-million will take either a cruise, train or bus, which is a 2.9% increase.

  • As for where everyone's going, according to AAA bookings, the most popular destination for Memorial Day travel is Orlando, Florida, followed by Rome and London. 

Top Ten Memorial Day Travel Destinations

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. London, England
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Seattle, Washington
  7. Las Vegas, Nevada
  8. New York, New York
  9. Paris, France
  10. Honolulu, Hawaii 

Source: AAA 

Turns out taking those fancy soaps from hotels is good for the environment, and the world

  • According to reports, hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used shampoo bottles and soaps every day
  • Hotels throw the bottles out, and they wind up in landfills which is bad for the environment
  • One organization sterilizes those half-used bottles and soaps and gets them to the poorest people in the world who don’t have access to proper sanitation

Are you someone who always steals the toiletries after a stay at a hotel, especially a nice one? Well, we bet some of you feel guilty about it, but turns out you shouldn’t be. In fact, by taking those little shampoo and conditioner bottles you may be helping the environment. 

According to reports, hotel guests leave behind millions of half-used shampoo bottles and soap every day, and as you can imagine hotels don’t exactly re-use them. Instead, they simply throw them out, and they wind up in landfills which is bad for the environment. If you take them home, finish them and the recycle the bottles you can actually say you’re saving the planet.

But there are people trying to do some good with those half-empty bottles. Many of the world’s poorest people don’t have access to proper sanitation, which can lead to dairrhoel disease, which is the leading cause of death among children five and under, and one organization is out to fix that. 

  • Clean the World takes leftover soap from hotels, sanitizes them and then distributes them to people in need. They are currently working with more than 300 hotels and since 2009, they've  distributed more than 40-million bars of soap to families across 115 countries. What’s more, an estimated six-million empty soaps and toiletries didn’t wind up in landfills.

Source: New York Post

  • Yeah, but what if I’m taking full bottles, should I still not feel guilty?
  • Do you steal soaps and shampoos from hotels? Why do you do it? Do you ever feel guilty about it?
  • Has any hotel ever made you feel guilty stealing the soaps?
  • Have you ever taken anything else from a hotel? What happened?

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