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Nearly 100 Million Americans Will Travel at Year-End

December 22, 2014 12:39 am

According to AAA projections, the amount of travelers during the year-end holiday period (December 23 to January 4) will grow by 3.8 million this year, signaling positive economic circumstances for an increasing number of families. With almost 100 million Americans set to travel, this upward trend marks the highest growth rate since 2009.

Low gas prices continue to help boost disposable income this holiday season, with today’s national average price of gas at $2.55 per gallon, 69 cents less than a year ago. Nearly 91 percent of all travelers (89.5 million) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip. Just 5.7 million will use airplanes as their main mode of transportation.

The calendar is also having a positive effect on the number of travelers expected this year. Because Christmas lands on a Thursday, travel season is one day longer than last year’s, offering more options for departures and return trips. This flexibility makes it possible for more people to fit holiday travel into their schedules.

"'Tis the season for holiday travel, and this year more Americans will join with friends and family to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year than ever before," said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President and Chief Operating Officer. "While the economy continues to improve at an uneven pace, it seems more Americans are looking forward with increasing consumer confidence, rather than looking back at the recession.”

Source: AAA

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Stay Organized at Home over the Holidays

December 22, 2014 12:39 am

Holiday parties, travel and shopping leave little room for keeping a household in order. Before the guests (and gifts!) arrive, stay organized by setting up smart solutions in key areas of your home.

Kitchen
– To avoid cluttering up your counter, get into the habit of immediately displaying, filing or recycling holiday mailings. Store papers you want to keep in a central location so that you will remember to revisit them later. If desired, create a space for displaying holiday cards.

Living Room
– When unpacking and packing your holiday decorations, eliminate items that you no longer use from your inventory. Keep your decorations in clear, plastic containers with other seasonal decor so that they can be easily identified next year. If you don’t have a space for storing gift wrap, use a narrow workstation with wheels so that it can be carted away and kept in a closet.

Mudroom
– Prepare for mess from winter weather conditions and a steady stream of holiday visitors by installing coat and shoe storage. Consider using vertical solutions to keep your floor free of clutter.

Garage – Stock up on items essential for winter weather, including salt, firewood, de-icer and shovels. Take advantage of wall space by installing a hanging pegboard.

Source: HomeFinder.com

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