Practically 113 Million Folks Anticipated to Journey

Practically 113 Million Folks Anticipated to Journey

Practically 113 Million Folks Anticipated to Journey

WASHINGTON, DC (December 12, 2022) – ’Tis the season to journey, and AAA estimates 112.7 million individuals will journey 50 miles or extra away from residence from December 23 to January 2. That’s a rise of three.6 million individuals over final yr and shutting in on pre-pandemic numbers. 2022 is anticipated to be the third busiest yr for vacation journey since AAA started monitoring in 2000.

“This yr, journey time will probably be prolonged attributable to Christmas Day and New Yr’s Day falling on Sundays,” says Paula Twidale, AAA’s Senior Vice President of Journey. “With hybrid work schedules, we’re seeing extra individuals take lengthy weekends to journey as a result of they will work remotely at their vacation spot and be extra versatile with the times they depart and return.”

Practically 102 million Individuals will drive to their vacation locations. Regardless of roller-coaster fuel costs in 2022, this vacation season will see a further 2 million drivers in comparison with 2021. Journey by automobile this yr is on par with 2018 however shy of 2019 when 108 million Individuals drove out of city for the vacations, the very best yr on report.

Air journey will see a 14% enhance over final yr, with almost 7.2 million Individuals anticipated to fly. Flights and airports will probably be packed this vacation season, harking back to pre-pandemic days. Demand for flights has surged regardless of greater airline ticket costs. AAA expects the variety of individuals taking vacation flights this yr will come near matching 2019 when 7.3 million Individuals traveled by air.

“If the space will not be affordable to drive, extra persons are taking to the air to maximise the time spent at their vacation spot,” Twidale provides. “Conversely, if the journey distances are affordable and multiple or two individuals within the family are taking the journey, it might be more cost effective to drive reasonably than purchase a number of air tickets, hire a automobile, and spend an excessive amount of cash earlier than the enjoyable even begins.”

Different modes of transportation are additionally rebounding in an enormous manner. AAA estimates journey by bus, rail, and cruise ship will rise to three.6 million this vacation season, a 23% enhance from final yr and almost 94% of 2019’s quantity.

Busiest Corridors and Greatest/Worst Occasions to Journey

INRIX, a supplier of transportation analytics and insights, expects probably the most congested days on the street to be Friday earlier than Christmas, December 27 and 28, and on Monday, January 2, as vacationers combine with commuters. In main metros, particularly in Los Angeles and New York Metropolis, drivers may expertise double the everyday delays. Nationwide, drivers may see journey occasions as much as 25% longer.


“With pre-pandemic ranges of vacationers hitting the street this vacation, drivers should be ready for delays in and round main metro areas, with Tuesday, December 27 anticipated to be the nation’s worst day to journey,” says Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Our recommendation is to keep away from touring throughout peak commuting hours. If schedules permit, depart brilliant and early or after the afternoon commute.”

Greatest & Worst Occasions to Journey by Automotive

Date Worst journey time Greatest journey time
12/23/22 4:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
12/24/22 12:00-6:00 PM Earlier than 11:00 AM, After 7:00 PM
12/25/22 – Minimal Site visitors Anticipated
12/26/22 2:00-6:00 PM Earlier than 12:00 PM, After 7:00 PM
12/27/22 3:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
12/28/22 3:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
12/29/22 3:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
12/30/22 3:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 2:00 PM, After 8:00 PM
12/31/22 – Minimal Site visitors Anticipated
1/1/23 – Minimal Site visitors Anticipated
1/2/23 4:00-7:00 PM Earlier than 3:00 PM, After 8:00 PM

Supply: INRIX

Peak Congestion by Metro 

Metro Hall Peak congestion interval
In comparison with Typical
Atlanta I-75 North, GA-17 to I-675 1/2/2023, 5:15-6:15 PM 65%
Boston I-93 South, Albany St to MA-24 12/28/2022, 3:00-5:00 PM 47%
Chicago I-290 East, Mannheim Rd to Paulina St 12/27/2022, 4:45-6:45 PM 75%
Detroit I-94 West, Gratiot Ave to Michigan Ave 1/2/2023, 12:00-2:00 PM 27%
Houston I-69 North, I-610 to TX-10 12/27/2022, 3:45-5:45 PM 36%
Los Angeles I-5 South, Colorado St to Florence Ave 12/27/2022, 5:30-7:30 PM 95%
New York I-278 West, I-495 to sixth Ave 12/27/2022, 3:45-5:45 PM 112%
San Francisco I-80 East, Maritime St to San Pablo Dam Rd 12/28/2022, 5:00-7:00 PM 50%
Seattle I-5 South, WA-18 to WA-7 12/28/2022, 4:00-6:00 PM 62%
Washington DC I-95 South, MD-212 to Central Ave 12/27/2022, 9:30-11:30 AM 68%

Supply: INRIX

Anticipated Site visitors by Metro & Hall 

Metro Hall Day Improve over Typical
Atlanta I-75 North, Exit 205 to Exit 227 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 65%
I-85 South, Exit 91 to Exit 248A Monday, Jan 02, 2023 65%
I-85 Clockwise, Exit 29 to Exit 46 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 41%
I-285 Counterclockwise, Exit 27 to Exit 10B Monday, Jan 02, 2023 41%
US-19 North, Exit 4B to Exit 10 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 25%
Boston I-93 South, Exit 20 to Exit 4 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 47%
MA-3 North, Exit 15 to Exit 23 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 42%
I-93 North, Exit 23 to Exit 34 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 32%
I-95 South, Exit 20B to Exit 10 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 17%
I-90 West, Exit 20 to 11A Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 17%
Chicago I-290 East, Exit 17 to Exit 29B Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 75%
I-290 West, Exit 29B to Exit 16 Saturday, Dec 24, 2022 56%
I-94 East, Exit 68B to Exit 52B Thursday, Dec 29, 2022 25%
I-94 West, Exit 16 to Exit 160 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 13%
I-294 South, Exit 27B to Exit 17B Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 12%
Detroit I-94 West, Exit 219 to Exit 210 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 27%
US-23 North, Exit 53 to Exit 60A Friday, Dec 23, 2022 22%
I-75 North, Exit 59 to Exit 67 Friday, Dec 23, 2022 18%
I-696 West, Exit 10 to Exit 1 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 15%
I-96 West, Exit 170 to Exit 162 Friday, Dec 23, 2022 11%
Houston I-69 North, Exit 123 to Exit 132B Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 36%
I-10 West, Exit 795 to Exit 787 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 26%
I-610 East, Exit 4A to Exit 20 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 25%
I-45 South, Exit 51 to Exit 40B Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 23%
I-69 South, Exit 136 to Exit 115A Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 17%
LA I-5 South, Exit 142 to Exit 124 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 95%
I-405 South, Exit 57 to Exit 45 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 64%
I-10 East, Exit 1B to Exit 16A Monday, Jan 02, 2023 57%
I-405 South, Exit 50 to I5 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 51%
I-10 East, Exit 19 to Exit 38 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 51%
New York I-278 West, Exit 35 to Exit 22 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 112%
Belt Parkway East, Exit 3 to Exit 17 Friday, Dec 23, 2022 66%
I-495 North, Exit 13 to Exit 32 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 51%
Belt Parkway West, Exit 17 to Exit 3 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 49%
I-495 South, Exit 44 to Exit 16 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 44%
San Francisco I-80 East, Exit 8A to Exit 18 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 50%
I-80 West, Exit 13 to Exit 1A Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 48%
I-580 East, Exit 34 to Exit 65 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 37%
I-680 East, Exit 8 to Exit 50 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 22%
US-101 North, Exit 439 to Exit 451 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 21%
Seattle I-5 South, Exit 142B to Exit 133 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 62%
I-405 South, Exit 18 to Exit 6 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 38%
I-5 South, Exit 182 to Exit 164 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 37%
I-5 North, Exit 168B to Exit 182 Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022 27%
I-405 North, Exit 2 to Exit 9 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 24%
Washington DC I-95 South, Exit 170A to Exit 160 Thursday, Dec 29, 2022 68%
I-95 South, Exit 29B to Exit 15 Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 29%
I-495 Counterclockwise, Exit 27 to Exit 45 Monday, Dec 26, 2022 27%
I-270 East, Exit 1 to Exit 32 Monday, Jan 02, 2023 16%
I-95 North, Exit 170A to Exit 22A Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022 14%

 Supply: INRIX

Vacation Forecast Methodology: A Temporary Overview

Journey Forecast 

In cooperation with AAA, S&P International Market Intelligence developed a singular methodology to forecast precise home journey volumes. The financial variables used to forecast journey for the present vacation are leveraged from S&P International Market Intelligence’s proprietary databases. These knowledge embody macroeconomic drivers reminiscent of employment, output, family web value, asset costs, together with inventory indices, rates of interest, housing market indicators, and variables associated to journey and tourism, together with gasoline costs, airline journey, and lodge stays. AAA and S&P International Market Intelligence have quantified vacation journey volumes going again to 2000.

Historic journey quantity estimates come from DK SHIFFLET’s TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM. The PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM is a complete research measuring the journey conduct of U.S. residents. DK SHIFFLET contacts over 50,000 U.S. households every month to acquire detailed journey knowledge, ensuing within the distinctive potential to estimate customer quantity and spending, establish tendencies and forecast U.S. journey conduct—all after the journeys have been taken.

The journey forecast is reported in person-trips. Particularly, AAA and S&P International Market Intelligence forecast the overall U.S. vacation journey quantity and anticipated mode of transportation. The journey forecast introduced on this report was ready for the week of November 15, 2022.

Yr-Finish Vacation Journey Interval 

For functions of this forecast, the year-end vacation journey interval is outlined because the 11-day interval from Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2. This era is identical size because the 2021/2022 year-end journey interval.

The year-end vacation journey interval can vary from 10 to 13 days, relying on which day of the week Christmas Day and New Yr’s Day fall. All of the year-end vacation intervals include two weekends.

About AAA

Began in 1902 by automotive fans who needed to chart a path for higher roads in America and advocate for protected mobility, AAA has remodeled into one in all North America’s largest membership organizations. At this time, AAA offers roadside help, journey, reductions, monetary and insurance coverage companies to reinforce the life journey of 62 million members throughout North America, together with 56 million in the USA. To study extra about all AAA has to supply or to develop into a member, go to

About S&P International Market Intelligence

At S&P International Market Intelligence, we perceive the significance of correct, deep, and insightful data. Our staff of consultants delivers unmatched insights and main knowledge and know-how options, partnering with clients to broaden their perspective, function with confidence, and make choices with conviction.

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About DKSA 

DK SHIFFLET boasts the trade’s most full database on U.S. resident journey each within the U.S. and worldwide. Information is collected month-to-month from a U.S. consultant pattern, including over 60,000 touring households yearly, and is used every day by main journey organizations and their strategic planning teams. DK SHIFFLET is an MMGY International firm.

About INRIX 

Based in 2004, INRIX pioneered clever mobility options by remodeling huge knowledge from linked gadgets and autos into mobility insights. This revolutionary method enabled INRIX to develop into one of many main suppliers of knowledge and analytics into how individuals transfer. By empowering cities, companies, and folks with precious insights, INRIX helps to make the world smarter, safer, and greener. With companions and options spanning throughout your complete mobility ecosystem, INRIX is uniquely positioned on the intersection of know-how and transportation – whether or not it’s retaining street customers protected, enhancing site visitors sign timing to scale back delay and greenhouse gasses, optimizing last-mile supply, or serving to uncover market insights. Study extra at