For the first time on record, the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million, with nearly one in three expected to travel during the peak period of Wednesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 3, AAA estimates.
“The holidays are a time for joining with friends and family, and the record number of people traveling this holiday should make for a joyous travel season,” says AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. “Rising incomes and low gas prices are helping to fill stockings, and more people than ever will choose to spend those savings on travel this year.”
How will the masses migrate? Most will make the journey by car, with more than 90 million set to drive to their respective destinations. Just below 6 million travelers will fly, and slightly more than 3 million travelers will use other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is expected to fall below $2 by Christmas.
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