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Gearing up for holiday travel

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 4:22pm

In spite of the deep freeze around the country, it seems Americans are warming up to the idea of holiday travel again.

Triple-A predicts 92.3 million will travel 50 miles or more from home for the year-end holidays, up more than three percent from last year, and the fifth straight holiday seeing an increase over the year before.

"Some Americans emphasize some who are feeling a little more confident compared to a year ago," says AAA's Troy Green.

More than nine out of ten plan to drive, while 2.75 million will take off in the air.

It's not just the number of travelers up this year.

Hotels will cost more and gas prices have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

The national average is now at $2.98, up almost 40 cents from this time last year.

High oil prices are fueling the run up at a time when gas is traditionally at its lowest point of the year.

Still, it seems high prices can't bring down that holiday spirit.

Travelers will also be going farther than last year, an average of more than a thousand miles.

Most say their main objective is visiting with friends and family.

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