AAA Says More People Will Travel This Holiday

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Travelers should be prepared for packed planes, trains and roadways during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period. AAA says 92.3 million people are planning to travel 50 or more miles from home.

That's a rise of 3.1 percent over last year for the holiday travel period, Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

About 85.7 million people, or 93 percent of all holiday travelers, will drive to their destinations – up 3.2 percent from the 83 million last year, AAA predicts.

Nearly 2.8 million people will travel by air – an increase of 2.8 percent. Others will travel by trains, bus and watercraft.

"It's great to see so many Americans taking to the roads, rails and skies this holiday season, especially since this is the fifth consecutive holiday period this year in which AAA has predicted a year-to-year increase in the number of travelers," says Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services.

The average distance survey respondents expect to travel is 1,052 miles, a 33 percent increase over last year's average of 791 miles, AAA says.

Travelers also expect to spend 3.5 percent more than they did last year to get where they are going.

The majority of respondents – 75 percent – say the purpose of their holiday trip is to visit with friends and family.

Photo, D'Arcy Norman, Flickr
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