More than 12.2 million Californians plan to travel over the combined Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday period, according to projections released Thursday by AAA Northern California.
That would represent a 1.3 percent increase over last year.
AAA defines holiday travel as the period from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.
“Californians are conveying continued consumer optimism, availability of disposable income and the desire to get out of town for some holiday cheer and celebration,” Cynthia Harris, AAA spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Statewide, lower gas prices are fueling travel plans as well for motorists, who make up the majority of travelers.”
Of the 12.2 million holiday travelers, AAA predicts that 10.9 million will be reaching their destinations in motor vehicles.
Nationally, AAA predicted that more than 100 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the holidays. That’s a 1.4 percent increase over 2014.