Record number of Americans expected to travel by planes, trains and automobiles this holiday season

BY newsdesk  December 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM EDT

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Whether by road, rail or air, a record number of Americans will travel this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. AAA expects the number of Americans traveling during the holiday season to increase for the fifth consecutive year.
“Americans will not be scrooges when it comes to traveling this year,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney said in a statement. “AAA is projecting more Americans to travel than ever before to gather with friends and family, exchange presents and ring in the New Year.”

The year-end holidays travel forecast from AAA, released Tuesday, projects that 94.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more, an increase of 0.6 percent from the same time in 2012. The forecast defines the holiday travel season as Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 to Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

So, where will they go, how will they get there and just who are these travelers?

According to AAA, 85.5 million travelers will get to their holiday destination by automobile, 5.53 million by plane, and roughly 3.13 million travelers by train, bus or boat.

The average distance traveled is predicted to be 805 miles.

Perhaps the biggest change in this year’s holiday travels is the demographic of those traveling. In a reversal of historical trends, “The Baltimore Sun” reports that young, childless baby boomers are more likely to travel for the holidays than families.

H/T Bridget Shirvell