An Eye-Popping Number Of People Are Expected To Travel This Holiday Season

Over 115 million Americans are expected to get away over the 10-day year-end holiday travel period, says AAA

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Whether you choose to spend the holidays on the sunny shores or snowy ski slopes, expect airports and roads to be jammed packed. 

AAA's annual end-of-year forecast projects that 115.2 million Americans will be on the move over the 10-day year-end holiday travel period from Saturday, December 23, 2023, to Monday, January 1, 2024. That is a 2.2% increase over last year and a 3.2% decrease from 2019 when 119 million Americans traveled over the holidays. (AAA defines “travel” as going 50 miles or more away from home, so meeting friends at a 5-star restaurant 60 miles away would count.)

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Kathryn Pomroy

For the past 18+ years, Kathryn has highlighted the humanity in personal finance by shaping stories that identify the opportunities and obstacles in managing a person's finances. All the same, she’ll jump on other equally important topics if needed. Kathryn graduated with a degree in Journalism and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She joined Kiplinger in 2023 as a contributor.