I'll Be Home, Eventually, for Christmas
Holiday travel rises again
Overall, travel is expected to rise 3.8 percent to a total of 87.7 million people, according to the Automobile Association of America. Of that, the most significant portion are travelers by automobile -- that segment is expected to rise even more sharply, at a bump of 4.4 percent, to 77.7 million travelers. This comes despite the fact that gas is more expensive than it was at the same time last year (though it still, on average, sits well below $3 per gallon.)
The average trip length is projected to be 791 miles, at an average cost of a whopping $1,009.
And while the rise in fellow holiday commuters may be bad news on the roads or in line for airport security, overall it's seen as a sign that the economic situation is getting better. More travelers generally means higher consumer confidence; last year during the worst part of the financial crisis, for example, holiday travel fell by 4.7 percent.
(Source: Wall Street Journal.)
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