Expect the most travelers EVER in year-end 2015 holiday season
If you are traveling this holiday season in 2015, expect the roads to be a little more crowded than usual. AAA released their year-end holiday travel forecast and projects the number of holiday travelers will exceed 100 million for the 2015 season for the first time.
Nearly one in three Americans are planning to take a trip for the holiday season, according to AAA. 100.5 million are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, December 23, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016.
More than 90 percent of travelers (91.3 million people) will drive to their holiday destinations, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 0.7 percent, with 5.8 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase 2.4 percent, to 3.4 million travelers.
AAA says a combination of an average gas price of $2.01 and slightly higher wages are part of the uptick in travelers.
“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,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “Rising incomes and low gas prices are helping to fill stockings this year, and more people than ever will choose to spend those savings on travel this year.”
Due to the increase of travelers on the roadways and in the skies, AAA says domestic hotel rates and car rental rates will be increased slightly.