This is the time of year that people travel more than any other. In fact, for some people this is the only time of year they travel any substantial distance from their homes. Choosing how to get from point A to point B, and save the most money at the same time, is a sign of the times. Because of the high costs of travel, consumers are looking for the cheapest ways of getting to their destinations, and many are choosing to stay grounded this year rather than taking to the airways.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has projected that the number of consumers travelling by automobile is expected to increase from 32.5 million in 2008 to 33.2 million in 2009. These increasing numbers are also projected to be seen in other means of ground travel as well.
The number of passengers that will travel by train, bus, and watercraft is expected to be 2.9 million as compared to 2.8 million in 2008. It goes without saying that air travel will most likely decline this year. AAA predicts it will fall by 6.7 percent.
The average family will spend roughly $700.00 over the thanksgiving weekend. This includes the costs of housing, transportation, food and beverage, and shopping.
Interestingly, travellers are still opting for the roadways verses the airways even though the average price of a gallon of gasoline is higher than it was a year ago. Many consumers reason that when you account for all the additional hassles and expenses associated with flying, it’s easier and cheaper to drive their own car or hop on a bus.
The good news is that in spite of the hard economic punch the economy suffered last year, more people are travelling this year than last year. This can only mean that even though things are still tough, they are slowly getting better.
While the airlines are still scrambling to rebound from the recession, consumers are deciding that hitting the roads this holiday season is a cheaper way to travel.