BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Whether you’re hitting the road or boarding a plane, AAA predicts a busy holiday travel season.
An estimated 109 million Americans will travel during the holidays, up 34% from the same time last year. That’s an increase of the AAA attribute to people’s needs after spending the past year living in the house.
AAA spokeswoman, Ragina Ali, said: “If there’s one thing that we’ve seen in AAA throughout the year, it’s pent-up demand for travel. “Whether people are hitting the road for an overdue visit with friends and family, or planning a more important getaway, there’s little to discourage them.”
Regardless of whether you’re boarding a plane or traveling by car, AAA expects airports and roads across the country to stay busy from December 23 through the end of the new year.
Some drivers traveling along Interstate 95 said they’ve begun to see things cleared up.
“Very busy,” Joe Cunha of New Jersey told WJZ. “Not real, real heavy traffic, but very crowded.”
“This is always a bad time of year, you just have to expect it,” added Alabama resident Victor Lockwood.
AAA does not predict the arrival of the COVID-19 variant Omicron that will discourage travelers. The same goes for the soaring gas prices, which were about $1 higher than last year.
“Historically, rising gas prices have not deterred motorists from making holiday travel plans,” says Ali. “Instead, they adjust their budgets, spending less on accommodation, meals or other expenses.”
To make your trip less stressful, AAA has a few travel tips:
- If you are flying, book your flight early. Delays tend to get worse as the day goes on.
- Consider delays when implementing your plans. Arrive at the airport a few hours early.
- If you are on the road, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Health check.
- Familiarize yourself with CDC guidelines and travel restrictions, so you’re not surprised.
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