More people will travel for the holidays this year than ever before, according to a new report.

AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season, a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers. That's a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most AAA has ever tracked.

The majority of travelers will be on the roads. AAA expects 102.1 million people to drive to their holiday destinations this year, and 6.7 million people will travel by plane. Around 3.7 million people will travel by trains, buses or cruise ships.

Roads are expected to start getting busy on Wednesday, which is the busiest day in the Seattle, Boston and Houston areas. Roads in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. will be the busiest on Thursday, with San Francisco and Atlanta seeing their busiest travel days on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Detroit and Chicago will see their busiest travel days on Christmas Eve.


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If you're flying for the holidays, beware of the worst airports for holiday travel. According to a study from Treetopia, three airports have about a third of its holiday flights delayed: Dallas Love Field, Chicago Midway International Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. The best airport for holiday travel, according to the study, is George Bush Intercontinental Airport, with only 31 percent of its flights delayed. And as far as airlines go, you're in for a good holiday travel experience if you fly Alaska Airlines or ExpressJet, and not so great if you're flying Southwest or Frontier, according to the study.


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How to make traveling easier (and more enjoyable):

Pack with security in mind, if you’re flying. That includes making sure large liquids and other materials are in your checked baggage and the liquids in your carry-on baggage are compliant with TSA standards. Be prepared to remove your electronics from your bag, and consider leaving bulky jewelry, scarves and jackets in your checked baggage so you have fewer things to carry through security.

Leave early. Whether you’re flying or driving, make sure to allow extra time to go through security or sit in traffic.

Keep an eye on the weather. According to AccuWeather, several storms could disrupt travel in the East and Northwest United States, and damaging thunderstorms could hit the Florida Peninsula. The weather impact you whether you’re on the roads or in the skies, so plan accordingly and check the forecast for both your current location and your destination.

Be patient. Bring a book, a crossword puzzle, magazines, games, music, your iPad...anything that will keep you and your family entertained.