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AAA predicts 1.15 million Georgians to travel July 4 weekend
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June 26, 2014 01:08 PM | 1889 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The majority of travelers will be celebrating their freedom with a road trip, with more than eight in 10 (34.8 million) choosing to travel by automobile, the highest level since 2007. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as July 2 through 6.

“With school out for summer, the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA — The Auto Club Group. “About five million more Americans travel for this holiday compared to Memorial or Labor Day weekends. Traditionally, the majority of those celebrating our nation’s independence take a road trip.”

In Georgia 1.15 million people are expected to travel during the holiday weekend: 992,621 by automobile, 85,615 by air and 66,990 by other modes of transportation.

“Steady improvement in the economy along with increased consumer spending and confidence are the main factors driving more Americans to take a trip, Jenkins said. “Consumer spending is expected to rise 4.2 percent, because of increasing credit not rising incomes. Consumers have been hesitant to add to their credit card balances the past several years, but continued improvements in the employment picture and rising home values means they are starting to feel more comfortable taking on debt.”

Information: www.AAA.com/Travel
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