Travel experts say the rising cost of flights may be forcing more travelers to hit the road for this holiday week.
According to Trip Advisor 45% of people surveyed will be traveling this holiday season, that's about on par with last year. Although the travel website reports more than half of those traveling will be driving, which wasn't the case last year.
About a fourth of people surveyed said they were driving instead of flying because of the cost of airfare. One Odessa man we spoke to tells us he is driving to Indiana for the holidays, but for a very different reason.
“There’s so much stuff I haven't seen in Texas and Oklahoma I want to see, you can’t it flying...It’s much more expensive to drive than it is to fly, round trips about $700 for a ticket versus well over $1,000 for gas and mileage and oil changes,” said Odessan, Russ Becker.
Trip Advisor says the average round trip economy ticket is up 9% this December compared to last, while gas prices have dropped 4% during the same period.
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