‘Tis the season to traditionally spend with family and friends and this year americans are traveling in record numbers. aaa forecasts 107.3 million americans will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation during the year-end holiday period from sunday, dec. 23 through tuesday, jan. 1. this will be the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year. 2017 marks the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel. since 2005, total year-end holiday travel volume has grown by 21.6 million, an increase of more than 25 percent.
By the Numbers: 2018 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast Automobiles: The majority of travelers – 97.4 million – will hit the road (a 3 percent year-over-year increase). Planes: 6.4 million people will travel by air, a 4.1 percent increase and the fourth year of consecutive air travel volume increases. Trains, Buses, Rails and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 2.2 percent to 3.6 million. Holiday Headache Hotspots Based on historical and recent travel trends, INRIX expects drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week – on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. For example, drivers in New York City could see travel times peak at three times a normal trip between 3:30 and 5:30pm.