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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 1:02pm

Holiday Travel Is Up, Fuel Prices Down

Holiday travel is up 42% since 2009.  That’s according to a new Triple A report. July 4th travelers are taking advantage of lower fuel costs on the road and better deals in the air.

Triple A projects that 1.1 million Georgians will travel atleast 50 miles from their homes for Independence Day. Just under a million of them will be driving.

Lower prices at the pump are a factor. This week’s average gas price in Georgia was $3.12 according to Georgia Gas Prices dot. Com.

Elvera Dillard traveled to Atlanta this week from Detroit. She says her flight was a good deal and hassle-free:

“I have to use the service where they take you in the wheelchair to the plane because it’s too far to walk, I’m a heart patient and everything was all set when I got there and arrived in Atlanta. It’s been great!”

Kimberly Ownes, from Atlanta is spending the holiday week touring with her son’s baseball team—and gas prices aren’t hurting her travel plans like they have in the past:

“This year, not so much, last year I think it was much worse. So this year, it’s been the best route for us to do, and we’re only doing Tennesse, North Carolina, Florida,
so it’s been pretty good.”

Travel experts say more people are taking the entire week off to travel since the holiday falls on a Wednesday.

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