Nearly 100 million people are expected to travel fifty miles or more this holiday season. Some four million of those will be New Englanders.
That’s up four percent from last year according to AAA. The organization reports the uptick is due to an extended holiday season, December 23 through January 4, as well as a steadily improving economy according to AAA spokesman Lloyd Albert. “Well I think we’ve been seeing such depressed travel volumes over the past three or four years, that this year we’ve been seeing a very significant uptick.”
Thanksgiving travelers are in for a messy drive Wednesday. A winter storm advisory has been issued for the state, as a storm moving up from the south is expected to dump snow and rain on the Ocean State. National Weather service meteorologist Alan Dunham said if you can hit the road today, you’ll be better off. The entire state will see rain and snow, about 1-2 inches, but the northern region will see even more.
Gas prices are up a penny from last week in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drivers have seen gas prices climb by 9 cents over the last month in both the Ocean State and the Bay State, that’s according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.
In Rhode Island, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. It’s cheaper in Mass, at $3.44 a gallon. AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices is about a quarter.
Have you noticed how a bit of travel can do so much to help us gain perspective on our lives? Stepping into another culture teaches us about our own, which all of a sudden appears in sharp contrast. Even traveling across the U.S. can help us view our day-to-day lives through a very different lens, where what was once routine and prosaic now seems much more profound. As we hear in this encore essay, Daniel Combs discovered this during his own travels, drip by drip.