UPDATED 7:55 PM PT – Wednesday, December 23, 2020
The holiday season is in full swing and millions of Americans are making their way to their Christmas destinations.
Whether it be by plane, car or public transport, Americans are set to travel this Christmas.
According to Triple A’s annual holiday forecast, 84.5 million people are expected to travel between Wednesday and January 3. While this is still a hefty number, the total amount of travelers this year is nearly 30 percent, or 34 million, fewer travelers than last year.
Meanwhile, states and counties continue to impose varying travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Please celebrate outside,” President of System Enterprises with Sutter Health Dr. Rishi Sikka said. “Please wear your mask and please avoid non-essential travel.”
However, for many, seeing family and loved ones is just too valuable to miss.
“We know we’re taking a risk, but we want to see the family and it has been a long time due to the COVID-19,” holiday traveler Daliza Rodriguez stated. “We want to see them and have fun.”
Rodriguez is flying from New York to Texas to see her loved ones.
More than 81 million people will travel to their holiday destination by car. Another 2.9 million will fly, while the remaining 480,000 Americans will use some form of public transportation, such as trains or busses.
Wherever you are spending the holidays, One America News wishes you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.