PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Is it really a holiday getaway if everyone else is getting "away" with you?
According to a survey by travel site TripAdvisor, 89% of travelers are planning a trip this year and 34% are planning a Memorial Day excursion. That's an uptick of six and seven percentage points compared with last year, largely because much of the U.S. has cabin fever.
The "Polar Vortex" that enveloped much of the country this winter is the reason why 9% of travelers are getting out for Memorial Day. Another 9% cite it as the reason behind their summer vacation plans, with 71% saying they'll head somewhere new this summer.
We didn't know traffic qualified as a "destination." About 74% of those traveling by car on Memorial Day weekend, with 33% planning to leave Friday and 38% coming home Monday. Oh, and that gas they'll be burning while doing so? A full 19 cents higher per gallon than last year, according to the Department of Energy. It's a big reason 32% of travelers are letting the price of gas dictate their vacation plans this year.
If you're going to shell out a whole lot of cash just to sit in traffic with everyone else watching your gas money vaporize, shouldn't your vacation destination be somewhat remote and removed? If your getaway isn't getting you away from anyone, the folks at travel site SmarterTravel have compiled a list of out-of-the-way vacation rentals just quirky and removed enough to keep the vacationing masses at bay:
Shipping container guest house
Cost: From $100 per night
The bad news is that you're sleeping in a shipping container that used to lug pineapples around Hawaii. The good news? That cozy container for two now features a queen bed, a kitchen, a full glass-enclosed bathroom that doubles as a shower and an outdoor patio that opens onto a backyard garden of plums, pears, grapes, and raspberries growing there.
Located between the Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods of northern Seattle, "Big Yellow" is near Green Lake, Lake Union, the Burke-Gilman bike trail, the Woodland Park Zoo, Gas Works Park, the Fremont Troll and all of the restaurants and breweries of Ballard and Freemont. It's a whole lot less rainy here during the summer, so come in late July and early August for the planes and boats of Seafair or swing by on Labor Day weekend to catch The Replacements playing just beneath the Space Needle at Bumbershoot.