Number of People Traveling over Holidays Sets Record

If you’ll be headed out next week for the holidays you need to brace  yourself for some headaches because you definitely won't be the only  one. According to the AAA, over 107 million folks will be traveling for  the year-end holidays (December 23rd to January 1st  ), which is a new record, and about 3.1 million more people than last  year. It is also the ninth year in a row that those numbers have risen. 

The worst headache for travelers will likely be on the roads, with  97.4 million people expected to drive to their holiday destination, up  3% from last year. Not that the airports won’t be bad as well. An  estimated 6.4 million Americans are expected to take to the sky, which  is a 4.1% increase from 2016. Other modes of travel, including cruises,  trains and buses, will see a 2.2% increase, with 3.6 million travelers  expected.

  • As for where most people are going, it seems warm destinations are  calling people, and would anybody really blame folks for trying to  escape the cold. This year’s top holiday destination is Orlando, Florida  followed by Anaheim, California.

Top Ten Holiday Destinations

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Anaheim, CA
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. Kahului (Maui), Hawaii
  6. Montego Bay, Jamaica
  7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  10. New York, NY

Source: AAA