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Record Breaking Holiday Travel?

Sonora, CA — AAA projects there will be a record number of Californians traveling over the next two weeks, during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

12.1 million California residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more, which would be the highest number on record ever, according to AAA. It would represent a 3.2% increase from 2013.

“Consumer optimism, an increase of disposable income, and lower gas prices are enabling many families to plan a holiday getaway,” says Cynthia Harris, AAA Spokesperson. “This year the holidays land on a Thursday, creating a holiday travel season that is one day longer than a year ago, and the longest since 2008. This makes the travel scheduling for the period between Christmas and New Year’s more flexible.”

11 million Californians are expected to drive to their destinations, while 961,000 are expected to fly. 412,000 will travel by other modes of transportation, such as boats or trains.