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Despite the advice of national health experts, AAA says it expects about 85 million people to travel in the United States over the holiday season. 

Adrienne Woodland is spokesperson for the organization in Michigan.  She says that number is down from the more than 110 million who traveled over the same period in 2019.

“In Michigan, almost 2.6 million could potentially travel and that’s down about 30 percent compared to last year," Woodland said.

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AAA predicts more than 3.6 million Michiganders will be traveling during the holidays. That’s the highest number since AAA starting making its annual Christmas travel projections in 2000.

AAA spokeswoman Adrienne Woodland says travelers should be sure to pack their patience.

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Water levels in the Great Lakes have been rising, and that means shrinking shorelines.

Drew Gronewald is a hydrologist with the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. He says Lake Ontario broke an all-time high water level record in June, and all of the lakes broke records in May. He says Michiganders should take appropriate safety precautions in response to changes in water level and near-shore water circulation.

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Gas prices are down as Michigan residents get ready to travel for the holidays. Prices at the pump are at a two-year low for a holiday season.

Nancy Cain is a spokesperson for AAA Michigan. She says prices shouldn't change much over the next couple of weeks.

“They might even still come down a bit. So if you’re driving and you see a good price, you know, look for it and if you see it fill up,” Cain said.

Cain says lower crude oil prices have contributed to the drop in gas prices.

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AAA projects that nearly 3.5 million people from Michigan are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The auto club released its annual forecast this week, saying Michigan will see a 3.4 percent increase from last year's holiday period.

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AAA is predicting nearly one and a half million Michiganders will travel more than 50 miles during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

AAA-Michigan spokeswoman Susan Hiltz credits various factors, including an extra-long holiday weekend this year.

“The last time we had travel volume this big was about 15 years ago,” says Hiltz, “So it’s definitely big news for our state and great news for the travel industry.”

But Hiltz cautions more people traveling means Michigan’s highways will be bulging during the Independence Day holiday weekend.

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It looks like most of Michigan will enjoy a warm, sunny Labor Day holiday weekend. Many Michiganders plan to go somewhere to enjoy it.

AAA Michigan predicts 1.2 million people in Michigan will travel more than 50 miles during the holiday weekend. That would make this the busiest Labor Day weekend travel-wise since 2008.  

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AAA Michigan estimates 2.9 million Michiganders will be traveling more than 50 miles during the holiday season.   

Many of them will be traveling by train.

Marc Magliari is with Amtrak. He says Amtrak is adding extra trains in Michigan to accommodate increased demand during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“We’re adding trains across Michigan during the busy holiday season because our other trains are selling out,” says Magliari.

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With 20 days to go until Thanksgiving, maybe you're looking to buy airline tickets for holiday travel? Well, if you're flying out of Detroit Metro Airport expect to pay-up. The Detroit Free Press checked round-trip routes to and from Detroit and found:

Fares have risen in the last two weeks. Nationally, holiday fares are about 4% higher than last year depending on the route and date.