More Holiday Travelers Hitting the Roads, Skies Stressful and Costly


Moreholiday travelers will be hitting the roads this season as the cost to fly thefriendly skies continues to rise.

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announcedthe results of its annual December holiday travel survey on Tuesday and 45percent of those surveyed said they plan to travel this holiday season.

That'son par with last year's numbers but the numbers reported for those travelingby car saw an increase.

53 percent of those surveyed said they plan to drive this December compared to 48percent in 2012. One quarter of those who plan to drive said they are doing so becauseof the cost of airfare.

TripAdvisorFlights data showed the average roundtrip airfare in economy class is up ninepercent from last year for the December holiday travel season, while gas priceshave dropped four percent for the same travel period.

Theaverage cost for national airfare comes in at $436 this season with gas is atan average of $3.27 per gallon.

Itseems another big drawback that comes with flying is the stress. 43 percent ofthose surveyed said they find the December holidays to be the most stressfultime of the year to travel, with Thanksgiving coming in second.

Theyblamed airline delays and cancellations as the top cause for stress. That wasfollowed by bad weather and the price of getting to their destination.

Tolimit the stresses of holiday travel, nearly half said they plan to travel atoff-peak hours and about a quarter will load their smartphone or tablet withtheir favorite music, games, and movies to pass the time.

"With more travelers choosing the highway overthe runway for the holidays, it's important for travelers to limit the season'sstress by giving each other the gift of patience and goodwill on the road,"said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

She said the big draw this holiday season isthe numbers they'll see when they stop to fuel up.

"Those traveling by car will also enjoy theseason's greeting at gas stations with cheaper prices at the pump," saidFerencsik.