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Over 115 Million People Will Travel During Holiday Season Says AAA

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AAA reports 115.2 million Americans are expected to travel over 50 miles or more from home during the 10-day year-end holiday travel period. This year’s number is an increase of 2.2% when compared to last year and the second highest ever recorded by AAA since 2000.


“This year-end holiday forecast, with an additional 2.5 million travelers compared to last year, mirrors what AAA Travel has been observing throughout 2023,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel. “More Americans are investing in travel, despite the cost, to make memories with loved ones and experience new places.”

Out of the 115.2 million travelers, 104 million will drive to their destinations, up 1.8% from 2022. This year’s estimate is the second highest on record after the 2019 holiday travel season; that year had over 108 million drivers hit the road.

Airports, though, are expected to be the busiest they have ever been over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Predictions of 7.5 million people are expected to travel by plane, beating 2019 numbers by 200,000 travelers.

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