AAA Predicts Spike in Holiday Travel

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

AAA Texas projects 2.98 million Texans will travel 50 miles or more for the 2012 Independence Day travel period. The holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 8, according to AAA Texas.

“The increase in travel on this 4th of July is a result of Texans’ desire for travel, a mid-week holiday where many travelers may choose to extend their vacation and lower gas prices,” said Rhonda Wilson, AAA Texas Vice President Branch Operations.

Of the 2.98 million Texans expected to travel, 2.5 million will go by car or truck, according to AAA Texas. The travel service projects 276,000 Texans will fly to their destinations and 217,000 people will travel by train, bus or cruise ship.

Many people in Bryan and College Station agree that the holiday is a good opportunity to get out of town, but some do not have the option of taking a long weekend.

"I would have traveled, but the holiday fell in the middle of the week and I have to go to work tomorrow," said Inez Longoria. Longoria drove to Somerville for the afternoon.

Although gas prices are lower than they were last year, travelling is still out of many people’s budgets.

"We were going to go home but its 6 hours away,” said Courtney Huelster, Exxon gas station customer. “It would be $100 at least…too expensive for college students."

Top activities for people over the holiday weekend include dining, visiting friends and relatives, shopping, touring and sightseeing, going to a beach or waterfront, and nightlife, said AAA Texas in a news release.

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