Californians are expected to stretch their budgets to visit family and friends during the upcoming Christmas and New Years Day holidays, according to the annual holiday travel survey by AAA Northern California.
AAA predicts that more than 11.7 million Californians will travel 50 miles or more during this end-of-year holiday season, representing an increase of 0.5 percent over 2012.
This years increase in travel is due in part to the longer holiday travel period that covers two weekends, said AAA spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. This enables families to travel for a longer period of time to destinations that are further away.
AAA estimates more than 10.4 million Californians will choose to drive to their holiday destinations. Slightly more than 900,000 are expected to fly, and about 365,000 will travel by other modes of transportation, such as boats or trains.
Nationally, AAA projects that 94 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the holidays. Thats a 0.6 percent increase over last year.
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