Despite cheaper travel costs, more people are staying home this holiday according to AAA. Gas is $1.22 less a gallon that the state wide average a year ago. Meanwhile, airline ticket prices are down 9% for the week of Christmas.
Wisconsin AAA spokesman Larry Kamholz says in the Great Lakes area, 9.6 million people are expected to travel, a 3.2% decrease from last year. It's the first decrease in holiday travel since 2002.
Kamholz believes people are more conservative with their dollars now as they "don't know where the economy is going to go."
For those who do plan on traveling, Kamholz says they will reap the benefits of this year's lower costs