AAA: Fewer North Carolinians Travel For Holidays

Holiday travel will decline in North Carolina during the upcoming holiday season as a rise in gas prices and high unemployment force many people to celebrate at home.

AAA Carolinas says travel beginning Wednesday and ending Jan. 3 will dip nearly 5 percent compared with last year. More than 3 million North Carolinians will travel more than 50 miles from home this year, about 150,000 less than last year.

About 2.7 million travelers will hit the road in cars. Air travel will decline by nearly 6 percent, with 138,000 North Carolinians flying this season.

AAA Carolinas cites a rise in the price of gas, which is averaging 92 cents more per gallon than in 2008. Officials say future economic uncertainty will also keep travelers home for the holidays.

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