GRANGER – It's spring break for many people in our area.
You may have noticed fewer cars on the roads or maybe even shorter checkout lines at the grocery store.
It could be because people are on vacation.
Whether it's a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, many area travel agencies agree that more people are traveling this year.
Suitcases in our area are getting a lot of use.
Barb Petrowsky, a travel consultant with Signal Travel and Tours Incorporated says, "I think things are starting to turn around in the travel industry. It's just getting busier."
The Granger location of the company estimates business has increased by around 50% this year over last year.
She believes the economy may be the reason behind the surge in travelers.
“Right now, people are tired of waiting to see what's going to happen and they're just booking their vacations and going,” said Petrowsky. “They're taking advantage of it while they can."
Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean – these are all places people from our area are going.
Petrowsky has a feeling the weather may be another reason for the increase.
"It was pretty nasty there for awhile and people were thinking about getting out of dodge for spring break, and they did,” she said.
Travel Starz in South Bend helps organize one day or overnight motor coach trips.
The tour operator says the last three years have been slow, but the number of customers is starting to pick up quickly.
Becky Wiegand says,"I just have found that people are reserving spots on trips, joining and paying earlier than they have in the last three years."
So, if you or someone you know is planning to lounge around on the beach or get a picture with Mickey, rest assured you won't be traveling alone.
Signal Travel and Tours points out that tax return season may play a role in more people traveling.
Travel Starz typically serves senior citizens, but they have seen younger people taking advantage of the quick bus trips to baseball games, NASCAR races and other regional events.