In keeping with national trends, an increased number of Pacific Region travelers will be hitting the road during the holidays, according to Triple-A. The increase in travelers is mirroring the pace of economic growth, according to public affairs director Marie Dodds. She says her agency is forecasting the most active Christmas holiday for travel since 2006.
An estimated 15.8 million people from a five-state region that includes Oregon, California and Washington will make a trip of 50 miles or more from home. Dodds explains that Christmas is the least volatile of all travel holidays, so people tend to travel, regardless of the economy, but conditions may affect lodging choices, restaurant choices and money spent shopping.
Dodds says travelers in our region are more likely to fly. This has more to do with the expansive region and also the number of people who have relocated to the West in recent years.