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AAA predicts record number of people will travel holiday season

Holiday travel (Source: WAFB) Holiday travel (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A record number of people are expected to hit the highways and the friendly skies this holiday season.

AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season.

The four percent increase marks the highest forecast growth rate since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period which runs from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.

Officials attribute the growth to higher consumer confidence and lower gas prices.

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