Many Leave Town for Christmas Holiday

Lynchburg, VA - AAA says nearly three million Virginians will hit the roads, the airports, and the train stations this holiday season.

The vast majority of people, more than 90 percent, will be driving to their destinations.

But overall, Virginians will spend more and travel farther.

Rebekah Brown doesn't have reindeer, but she does have a full tank to make the six hour trip to the big apple.

"I'll just play my Christmas music and be on my way," she said.

Virginians will spend an average of $842 dollars on travel this year, up from $801 dollars in 2012.

Even with volatile gas prices, driving is almost always the cheapest option.

Nasty weather canceled more than a thousand flights in Chicago and New York City.

But at last check, Lynchburg Regional Airport had no cancellations or delays.

Cameron Stoddard paid a little more for her flight, but says it was worth the added convenience.

"Las Vegas. I'm gonna go visit my aunt there and then we're gonna drive north to Northern Utah to go visit my family," Stoddard said.

Headed in all different directions, but looking forward to the same thing.

"Probably just being with my family, I think," Brown adds. "And to get to see lots of friends you don't see very often. So, it'll be fun!"

The busy travel season starts at midnight Friday and goes through New Year's Day.

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