AAA predict a record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel over the holidays, with the company revealing they believe the number will be around 115.6 million people.
According to Travel Pulse, the holiday travel period between Sunday, December 21 and Wednesday, January 1, will be the busiest since the company first started tracking holiday travel in 2000.
While the majority of those traveling are expected to do so via automobile, 6.97 million will travel via air – the largest figure since 2003. Travel Pulse reports travel via bus, rail and cruise will also increase this year.
“Holiday cheer is at an all-time high this year, with unemployment at historically low levels, and noted improvements in both disposable income and household net worth,” said Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel, in a statement. “Travelers should be getting used to crowded highways and airports, as this marks the eighth straight year of new record-high travel volumes for the year-end holidays.”