Holiday Travel Expected to Increase 17 Dec 13

AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6 percent from the 94 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season. The year-end holiday period is defined as Saturday, December 21 to Wednesday, January 1.
Ninety-one percent of travelers or 85.8 million to travel by automobile, an increase of 0.9 percent.

Holiday air travel is expected to decline slightly to 5.53 million travelers from 5.61 last year.

At last check, gas inHutchinsonis ranging from $2.80 to $2.83 for a gallon of unleaded regular.  Gas in Glencoe is ranging from $2.90 to $2.96 a gallon.  The state average is at $2.91.  The national average is $3.21.  Those figures are according to minnesotagasprices.com.

Meanwhile, median spending is expected to increase slightly to $765, compared to $759 last year.