Gas prices may be up, but cheaper hotels across Texas might cancel out that extra expense.  If you're hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend, enjoy this good news.

One of the best road trips you'll ever take is just hopping in the car and taking a day trip to Buc-ee's for some snacks, social media pics, and a potty break and coming right back home.  But if you must travel further to have an awesome time, you'll be happy to know that your overnight stay will be cheaper than it was last year.

AAA said hotel prices are cheaper than they were in 2018, and car rental prices have declined 7% too, compared with last year.  The average daily rate for car rentals is $55. Mid-range hotels are between 2% and 3% cheaper so far this year and the average nightly rate is between $146 and $183.

I checked on some Tyler hotel rates, and we're a lot cheaper here.  The Residence Inn by Marriott at 350 W Heritage Drive has an average nightly rate of $109, and most of the others were under $100 per night.  So invite your friends to come and visit you, and then kindly suggest they stay at one of Tyler's affordable hotels instead of crashing in your couch.

Gas prices are up 30 cents compared to last year, according to Gasbuddy, so getting to a hotel may cost a little more.  But once you're there you'll save a few bucks.  AAA says 43 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day Weekend, and 37.6 million are traveling by car.

If you're one of the folks hitting the road, you should hold it until you see a Buc-ee's sign.  Buc-ee's has the best restrooms in the nation, according to a new survey, and it just might be the only gas station in America that's a destination and not a chance travel stop.  They're in Terrell, Denton, Katy, Bastrop, and dozens of other spots around Texas.

Wherever you go, have a blast, let the other guy merge for goodness sakes, and enjoy the cheaper hotel stay.  Oh, and win some cash here before you go!  We've got more of those code words all day long and you can knock out your travel expenses with one win.  Good luck.