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Americans' festive trips

Nearly half of Americans plan to make a trip for the December holidays.

A new study by Cars.com has revealed that 46 per cent of US residents are planning to travel this month despite the coronavirus pandemic, with two thirds (66 per cent) opting to travel by car.

Less than a third (30 per cent) are planning to travel by air and just over 1 in 10 people (11 per cent) are heading on vacation using a train, whilst nine per cent will take the bus.

And when it comes to New Year's holidays, much less people - only 33 per cent - are planning to get away over the first few days of 2021, down from the previous level of 41 per cent.

Commenting on the study, Cars.com editor-in-chief, Jenni Newman, said: "Many people are staying home for the holidays as suspected, and those who are traveling will continue to rely on their personal vehicle. For most holiday travellers, the decision to drive is no longer primarily influenced by cost or convenience, but safety and security. Cars.com has been tracking travel plans since October and has steadily seen the number of New Year's travellers dwindle. This could mean that people are unwilling to give up time with family but more likely to pass on this year's New Year's party."

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