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AAA expects record breaking holiday travel this season

Menomonie (WQOW) -

According to AAA, Saturday will be the busiest day for holiday travel, but Thursday is right behind as the second busiest day.

AAA said 107.3 million Americans will travel by car, plane or other forms of transportation to spend time with loved ones for the holidays.

Carol Howe, from New Richmond is headed to Ohio for Christmas tidings. "We'll do the six hours just north to Chicago and then do the rest Saturday to Ohio and then I don't know depending on the weather," Howe said.

The number of holiday travelers has risen every year since 2005, a 25% jump in the last nine years according to AAA.

Fortunately, gas prices are declining. The national average as of December 12th was $2.45 a gallon.

"It goes up it goes down you know it's not three or four dollars which I have friends in California that are paying that much so you know you just take the good with the bad. Today it was $2.47 a gallon," Howe said. 

While most drivers can agree, decent weather for traveling is ideal, chaotic Christmas car crowds are worth it, in order to spend time with loved ones.

"Oh my gosh yes! Decorations and cooking and all of that yes that's tradition! We get the whole family together and it's just real loud as just most family gatherings are," Howe said.

AAA expects afternoons to be the most congested time for traveling over the next few travel days. 

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