If you hit the roads, the skies or the rails this holiday season expect to have a little company: nearly one-third of the country to be exact.
That would be a 1.4% increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth.
Rising incomes, lower gas prices, more employment and low crude oil prices are causing the higher travel prediction, according to the release. That number almost triples the 38 million travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday this year and represents a 1.4% increase over last year. Nationally, New Year’s gas prices will be the lowest from the past seven years. Travel by other types of transportation, such as buses, cruises and trains, will increase to 3.4 million travelers.
The calendar may also play a role, with both Christmas and New Year’s falling on Fridays this year, allowing holiday travelers to take advantage of long weekends. Overall, 2,305,418 Tennesseans say they will travel for the holidays.
Triple A Wisconsin believes the number of year-end travelers across America will top 100 million for the first time ever.
Hotel prices, meanwhile, are estimated to to average about $174 per night for a AAA three-diamond hotel, which the group said is approximately four percent higher than 2014’s numbers during the same time period.
As the national average flirts closely with sub $2 per gallon gasoline, Virginia drivers have already been enjoying that level sporadically throughout the year and consistently since mid-November.
“As we celebrate the holiday season, AAA urges travelers to be cautious about their safety and the safety of everyone sharing the roadways”, said Doney.
The increase in travelers is attributed to low gas prices.
Daily vehicle rental rates will average $68, up 3 percent from 2014. The average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has risen 11 percent with an average nightly cost of $119.
AAA predicts more than 100 million people will travel during Christmas.