Wednesday a busy holiday travel day as people return home

Heavy travel the day after Christmas

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - This 2018 holiday season is right on track to be a record breaker for travel, and it’s not over yet.

Experts predict the day after Christmas to be one of the busiest travel days both in the skies and on the roads.

AAA predicts one in three Americans are on the move this holiday season. That’s about 112.5 million travelers, with most expected to hit the roads, about 102 million.

Experts believe the lower gas prices have impacted travelers this year. According to Gas Buddy.com, the average price per gallon of gas in Myrtle Beach is around $1.93 as of Wednesday, Dec. 26. That is about $0.18 less than last year’s average.

For those taking a longer road trips, experts want them to beware of crossing those state lines.

“Absolutely shop around if you’re going to be crossing the state lines, because there’s going to be cheaper gas on one side of the border. You don’t want to guess wrong; that could save you 15 to 20 cents a gallon as well,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis with Gas Buddy.

To make sure everyone stays safe, the South Carolina Highway Patrol also has a high presence on the roads through the new year as part of their “Sober or Slammer” campaign.

Myrtle Beach International Airport officials said they expected the day after Christmas to be one of the busiest days, with seat counts scheduled to be up 3 percent over last year.

Travelers taking to the sky should always remember to plan ahead and arrive at least two hours before the scheduled departure time. For those planning to bring home those holiday leftovers on their flight, they should first make sure to check what’s allowed inside carry-on and checked bags.

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