AAA: More Americans traveling this Christmas

ORLANDO, Fla -- Brace for big backups this holiday weekend.

AAA projects 94.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.6 percent from last year. The upward trend marks the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume recorded for the season.

Ninety-one percent of travelers or 85.8 million to travel by automobile, an increase of 0.9 percent. Holiday air travel is expected to decline slightly to 5.53 million travelers from 5.61 last year. Median spending expected to increase slightly to $765, compared to $759 last year.

The year-end holiday period is Saturday, December 21 to Wednesday, January 1.