Americans stay ‘home for the holidays’ — or stick to cars if traveling


For many Americans, the classic carol “I’ll be Home for Christmas” will literally describe their plans this holiday weekend, as most opt to celebrate in place amid the ongoing pandemic.

Only about a quarter of people nationwide will travel for Christmas and New Year’s, down from about one-third or so last year, and most of them will be driving rather than flying or taking the train, industry sources say.

AAA predicts that at least 29% fewer trips will be taken today through Jan. 3, compared to the same period a year ago. While up to 84.5 million Americans may opt to travel despite the current Covid surge, that’s at least 34 million fewer than in 2019, the organization says. By comparison,…


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