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More Holiday Travelers Hitting the Roads, Skies Stressful and Costly

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More holiday travelers will be hitting the roads this season as the cost to fly the friendly skies continues to rise.

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

That's on par with last year's numbers but the numbers reported for those traveling by car saw an increase.

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

TripAdvisor Flights data showed the average roundtrip airfare in economy class is up nine percent from last year for the December holiday travel season, while gas prices have dropped four percent for the same travel period.

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

It seems another big drawback that comes with flying is the stress. 43 percent of those surveyed said they find the December holidays to be the most stressful time of the year to travel, with Thanksgiving coming in second.

They blamed airline delays and cancellations as the top cause for stress. That was followed by bad weather and the price of getting to their destination.

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

"With more travelers choosing the highway over the runway for the holidays, it's important for travelers to limit the season's stress 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 is the numbers they'll see when they stop to fuel up.

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

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