Holiday travel rush


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) —Nearly 116 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season. 

That’s more than AAA has ever recorded before this time of year. 2019 marks the eighth straight year of growth. 

Nearly 105 million Americans are set to drive somewhere for the holidays. Nearly 7 million Americans are expected to fly. Another nearly 4 million people will ride trains, buses and cruise ships. 

Sean Rodgers is driving with his family to the Chicago area.

“We’re excited because we just had a son,” Rodgers says. “It’s his first Christmas and he’ll get to meet all the family and all that. We’re looking forward to celebrating, watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with the family, opening presents and all that kind of stuff.”

Others, like Leroy Jackson, will be spending the holidays at home.

“I have plans just to spend a lot of time with family and have fun and open gifts and have a lot of laughter,” Jackson says. “Just hoping to have a jolly Christmas and just wishing I could spread the spirit all around the world.”

The day after Christmas is expected to be the busiest travel day. If you’re driving through the Chicago area that day, experts predict the worst traffic will hit between 4:45 and 6:45 p.m.

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