If you aren’t on the road already, chances are you will be between now and New Year’s. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, travel increases by one-quarter during the Christmas-New Year’s season.
While the media focuses on crowded planes and trains, BTS stats show that nine out of 10 holiday travelers get behind the wheel. Where do we go? You guessed it. Forty-three percent of Christmas/New Year’s trips are visits to family, compared to only 24 percent the rest of the year. While about half of holiday travelers make same-day trips, those who stay overnight usually average a bit less than four days, which supports the 16th-century adage “fish and guests in three days are stale.”
If you need a bit of diversion on your travels, drop by your nearest library branch and pick up a recorded book. If you’ve got an MP3 player, visit our Web site and learn more about our downloadable audio books.
In the mean time, let us know where you fall in the holiday stats. Where will you travel this holiday and for how long?