Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 22, 2013

AAA: Families taking new approach to holiday travel

ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — With such busy schedules around the holiday’s many families are taking a new approach to celebrating Christmas and New Years.

According to AAA regional group coordinator, Laura Gooch, not only are families combining the two holiday’s but people are renting cabins, beach houses and taking trips to Disney or going on a cruise.

“Christmas next to Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” Gooch said.

AAA’s year-end holiday travel forecast shows 94.5 million Americans plan to travel by automobile during the holiday period that runs through Wednesday, January 1st.

“Due to our economy and if people have time they will drive, since we are seeing the price of gas go down,” Gooch said.

When the weather isn’t bad it certainly makes travel a lot easier, so people don’t have to deal with traffic delays or inclement weather, Gooch said.

State police are also cracking down on drivers who are speeding, not wearing their seatbelt, do no have their children in child restraints and also making DUI arrest, Trooper J.C. Teubert, state police Princeton detachment said.

  On Monday AAA will release the complete local travel outlook, including destination requests from Bluefield area travelers, the latest gas price information along with tips for those who are traveling, and those who plan to remain near home.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com