More people than ever will be traveling this holiday season, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year, according to AAA. Perhaps not everyone is going home for the holidays, but wherever you’re going, here are a few things to keep in mind depending on how you’re going.
Take a bus, take a train
Traveling by bus or train isn’t too popular, with AAA lumping those options into an “other” category used by just 3.4 percent of travelers nationwide. However, you can get most anywhere you want to go via a Greyhound bus stop at 2580 Monroe Drive in Gainesville. And an Amtrack train stops in Gainesville twice a day at 116 Industrial Blvd., which is part of the Crescent route that runs from New Orleans to New York City.
Go and hop an aeroplane
Today is projected to be one of the busiest days at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Additional staff will be on hand and ongoing construction on ATLNext will be “minimized,” according to a press release from the airport. Fliers should still plan to get to the airport two hours before domestic flights and two and a half hours before international flights. AAA reports 5.9 percent of holiday travelers will be flying.
Put the wife and kiddies in the family car
This is by far the most popular way to get from here to there, with 90.7 percent of travelers hitting the roads. Gas prices are up from last year, at an average of $2.16 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Go to gainesvilletimes.com/gasbuddy to find the cheapest local prices. And don’t worry too much about ongoing construction, such as that on Interstate 985. The Department of Transportation reports there will be no construction-related lane closures on interstates or heavily traveled state routes between 5 a.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Monday.