According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 42.3 million Americans are hitting the road this Fourth of July holiday and traveling 50 miles or more from home between Tuesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 8. That’s a 4.9 percent increase over the 40.3 million people who traveled last year. AAA says increase is due to the fact that the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, giving travelers more departure and arrival options.

Planes, trains and automobiles

So what is the preferred method of transportation for these 42.3 million Americans? No surprise, the automobile is king. After all, the family road trip is about as American as you can get. This year, an estimated 35.5 million people (84 percent of Independence Day travelers) plan to get there by car. That’s a four percent increase over the 34.1 million people who traveled by auto last year.

Slightly more than 3.2 million (eight percent of holiday travelers) have elected to fly, a more than nine percent increase over the 2.9 million air travelers in 2011. The remaining eight percent of holiday travelers are expected to use other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and cruise ship, accounting for 3.6 million travelers – a 10 percent increase over last year and the second highest volume in the past 10 years.

Not just for business travel

Regardless of your method of transportation, we hope you remember to rely on TripCase from beginning to end of your trip. Whether driving, flying or boating, TripCase monitors your itinerary, anticipates your needs and provides in-transit solutions when and where you need them.

And don’t forget, you can add almost any activity, mode of transportation or event to your trip under My Trips/Manage Trip. From here you can add a flight, lodging and rental car, or import your booking. You can also click on the “add something else” button to add activities, attractions, cruises, ferry rides, food & drink, ground transportation, meetings and rail.

But that’s not all. Driving this holiday? Rely on the TripCase Travel Directions tool to map your route for the whole trip, or for specific in-trip destinations. And look to the TripCase Weather tool to keep you apprised of what the weather for each location within your itinerary. Just click the Weather tool and then on the trip segments you’re interested in knowing the forecast for and you’re all set.

Happy Independence Day from TripCase

From all of us here at TripCase, wherever your travels may take you this Fourth of July holiday, we wish you a very safe, relaxing and fun-filled trip! Happy Fourth of July!