As a recent article by YubaNet has observed, yet another sunny Memorial Day is right around the corner. As residents of the West Coast gear up for another cookout-soaked ready their grills and tongs for a day of sheer decadence, another, more spread out contingent of backyard chefs are furiously typing away at their keyboards, finalizing their check-ins and airport Ubers in anticipation of a holiday abroad. Yes, 2018 is an especially opulent year for the Californian tourism industry, and everyone (or at least everyone’s stomachs) stand to gain all sorts of culinary satisfaction.
Perhaps the populace at large has finally put a pause in their partisan bickering enough to convene in peace and merriment. Perhaps the BBQ Becky of recent notoriety has inspired people to flee Oakland’s Lake Merritt, the location that spawned the aforementioned article. Whatever the case, 5.3 million Californians are projected to travel outside of the state on Memorial Day, to destinations unknown. This number is outright impressive by any standard, even without knowing that the amount of departures is not only a 5.3% increase from last year but a literal record-breaking statistic. Michael Blasky, AAA Northern California’s erstwhile spokesperson cited “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence” as the main factors that have prodded locals to forge outward and abroad. In a decidedly bleak last couple of years, this economic upturn is a source of relief for economists nationwide.