For another consecutive year, the number of travelers who are reportedly planning on traveling this holiday is once again on the rise. In fact, according to AAA, the continuously improving economy in combination with the much lower price per gallon across the country is making this a season which is topping the charts. According to their latest predictions, nearly 99 million Americans will be traveling over 50 miles for the holidays. This is up from only around 94.8 million last year which is the biggest jump since AAA has been keeping records.
Gas prices are officially the lowest they have been in 5 years with places like El Paso Texas recording prices of $2.00 a gallon (as of December 18th) and even lower. In the news just hours ago, Indianapolis officially recorded prices at just $1.93 in some locations. Even in states with high gas prices notoriously including Oregon are down to just $2.50 and as low as $2.40 in Eugene. And what is even better, forecasters are expecting prices to continue to drop despite the holidays from the “national average” of just $2.55 to 10 or even 20 cents lower, happy holidays!
What does this mean for you? Lower gas prices means more people traveling via motor vehicle but with so many American’s traveling, if you are not careful, you may find yourself stuck in crowds or traffic jams around the country.
Days to Avoid
If you can avoid traveling on Friday this week, you would be well advised to do so. As schools let out for the holidays, the airports and roadways will see an increase in travelers.
Days to Travel Without the Crowds
If you have a thing with avoiding crowds, there are some days which are better than others. This holiday, the day before and the day of the holidays will likely be the least busy.
Whenever and wherever you are traveling this holiday season, Island Trader Vacations wishes you all the best for you and your family.