AAA: Nearly 30 percent of Americans expected to take a trip this holiday season

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 5:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect lots of people to be on the roads again this year-end holiday season.

AAA projects that nearly 30 percent of Americans, some 94.5 million people, will be traveling 50 miles or more from home sometime between Saturday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 1. More than 90 percent of those travelers will be driving.

Those numbers are all higher than last year, marking the fifth straight year that travel volume has increased.

One area expected to see a decrease is air travel. AAA projects a slight drop to a little more than 5.5 million travelers.

AAA's CEO Marshall Doney says travel is consistently heavy during the year-end holiday season, with Americans refusing to let economic conditions dictate their plans to celebrate the holidays.

AAA says gas prices are likely to be lower than last year.

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285-a-22-(Heather Hunter, public relations director, AAA, in AP interview)-"for holiday travel"-Triple A spokeswoman Heather Hunter says nearly 30 percent of Americans will be traveling during the year-end holiday season. ((note length of cut)) (16 Dec 2013)

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286-a-14-(Heather Hunter, public relations director, AAA, in AP interview)-"travelers more flexibility"-Triple A spokeswoman Heather Hunter says Americans don't like to let the economy keep them from traveling to celebrate the holidays. (16 Dec 2013)

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287-a-13-(Heather Hunter, public relations director, AAA, in AP interview)-"seen last year"-Triple A spokeswoman Heather Hunter says they don't expect gas prices to have a big effect on people's decision to travel this holiday season. (16 Dec 2013)

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288-a-13-(Heather Hunter, public relations director, AAA, in AP interview)-"plans in advance"-Triple A spokeswoman Heather Hunter says they want the 9 out of 10 Americans who are driving for their holiday trip to arrive safely. (16 Dec 2013)

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