Data from AAA says this year’s holidays are expected to be the third busiest in more than 20 years. Even with inflation putting pressure on your pockets and gas prices slowly declining from all-time highs, the travel agency says holiday travel through the end of the year is picking back up. Nearly 15 million Californians are expected to leave their homes for the 11 days between December 23 through January 2. That’s a 3.7 percent rise from last year.
Other data from AAA says Nationwide, nearly 102 million people will travel by car, an increase of nearly 2 percent from last year, and about 7.2 million people will fly, an increase of 14 percent.
Senior Vice President of Membership and Travel Marketing for AAA Northern California contributes to the increase in travel to Christmas and New Year falling on a Sunday.