Holiday Travel Up This Year

By Callan Gray

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT

Great Bend, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If you're visiting family or going home in the next two weeks, you will be one of over 93-million Americans traveling for the holidays.

Eric Philpott and his wife are on their way to visit family in Baltimore Maryland.

"I'm in the military and am deployed every other year so I don't get to see the in-laws that often," said Philpott, of Fort Drum, NY.

AAA says that's one million more than last year.

"We have dogs so flying is not really an option," said Philpott.

They'll drive about 500 miles by the time they reach their destination.

A distance some are outdoing.

"Charleston South Carolina, where we can go without a coat on," said Pierce Guyer, of Charleston, SC.

Guyer is driving home from Ithaca.

"Just to see the country, it's fun," said Guyer.

They plan to stop along the way.

"We'll be at a hotel," said Guyer. "We're actually stopping in Clarksburg, Marylnd to see a nephew and his family."

But AAA says fewer people plan to use hotels this season.

The parking lot of the Riverwalk Hotel was almost empty Thursday. Bud Nolan, Riverwalk General Manager, said around the holiday people tend to stay with their families.

"This time of year it's not really busy from the rooms perspective; most of the corporate traveling has slowed down because people stay home and people coming into town are often staying with relatives," said Nolan.

Nolan said even if there is bad weather, his hotel probably won't fill up.

"The folks up here are pretty well used to it and don't have a lot of problems with it," said Nolan.

Drivers had driven through winter weather today by noon.

"We ran through snow in Binghamton, coming through Binghamton, but it wasn't sticking to the road," Larry Freeman, of Watkins Glen, NY.

The drivers seemed unfazed. Their eyes were set on seeing family and making it home for the holidays.

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