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One third of Americans are traveling

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record. Nearly one in three Americans (100.5 million) will journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday, December 23, and Sunday, January 3, 2016.

That's a 1.4% increase over last year, and the seventh consecutive year of travel growth for this holiday period.

"The increase in holiday travel this year is driven by continued improvement in the labor market, rising incomes and low gas prices which remain well below last year's levels," said AAA's. "This helps boost Americans' disposable income, generating more money to spend on lodging, dining out, and buying gifts."

Driving remains most popular mode of travel for year-end holiday travel.

•    More than 90 percent of travelers (91.3 million people) will drive to their holiday destinations, an increase of 1.4 percent over last year.
•    Air travel is expected to increase by 0.7 percent, with 5.8 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations.
•    Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase 2.4 percent, to 3.4 million travelers.

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