Holiday travel is continuing its return to pre-pandemic levels

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez talked with Doug Shupe with the Southern California Auto Club, about the holiday travel coming up.

With Christmas being just a few days away, California is projecting that the year-end holidays will be the third busiest on record locally.

Nearly 8.8 million Southern Californians are expected to get away for the holidays, compared to 9.3 million in 2019 and just under the number who traveled in 2018.

Gas prices will be at their highest level ever for this time of year, so be prepared to shop around for the cheapest gas prices anywhere you travel. 2021 is shaping up to be the most expensive year ever for regular unleaded gasoline, with a year-to-date average price in Southern California of about $4.15 a gallon.

For those who travel for the year-end holidays, the Auto Club urges them to know the risks and minimize them by taking the following steps:

Bring along enough personal protective gear and hand sanitizer for all those traveling for each day of travel, as well as a thermometer to monitor your health.

Know the COVID-19 restrictions along the route you will be traveling and at your destination. You can quickly access them by mapping out your route at and using the COVID-19 restrictions feature.


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