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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday travel predicted to decline

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects a slight decline in the number of Americans traveling during the Christmas holiday period. According to their data nearly 63.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles or more from home during the late December through early January holiday season. This is a decrease of 1.4 million travelers (2.1 percent) from last year’s total of 65.3 million. This is the first decline in Christmas holiday travelers since 2002.

Since this is not really a significant reduction I expect the airports and highways to be packed with these holiday travelers. If flying I’d take a couple of extra books and anticipate some delays especially if we experience wintery weather conditions.