AAA: Record travel volume expected for year-end holidays

Staff reportDecember 17, 2013 

An estimated 94.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the end-of-year holiday season, AAA predicts.

That would represent a slight increase of 0.6 percent from last year and mark the fifth consecutive year of increases. It would also be the highest travel volume recorded for the season, which AAA defines as Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.

Here are other findings from the travel organization’s forecast, according to a news release:

• About 91 percent of travelers, or 85.8 million, will travel by automobile, an increase of 0.9 percent.

• Nearly 30 percent of all Americans will take a trip this holiday, with more than one in four (27 percent) taking a road trip.

• Holiday air travel is expected to decline slightly to 5.53 million travelers, from 5.61 last year.

• Median spending is expected to increase slightly to $765, compared to $759 last year.

• About 2.7 million Georgia residents are expected to travel, which would represent an increase of 0.6 percent over last year.

Gas prices have climbed slightly from the multiyear low of $3.18 per gallon in mid-Novermber, but AAA expects most drivers will pay less than a year ago to fill up.

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