Valley residents hitting the road on Christmas Eve

FRESNO, Calif.

AAA estimates 93 million Americans will travel, and that's up from last year.

Nothing says welcome home more than a hug from a loved one.

On this Christmas Eve day, dozens of people waited to embrace their friends and family as they flew into the Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

According to an exclusive ABC30 Survey USA poll, this holiday 77% of people will not travel, 3% will fly, 16% will drive and 4% are not sure.

But for the Flores family of Reedley, thousands of miles couldn't separate them from being together for the holiday.

"Oh I am so blessed to have my kids here. We're all going to be here for Christmas, a blessed Christmas," Margie Flores of Reedley said.

Lorraine Perez and her family flew from San Antonio, Texas to the Valley to share a Christmas meal and open presents with family.

"It was quite a bit cheaper to fly, so that's why we picked today and it's our dad's birthday," Perez said.

Experts say a majority of people will take to the road to get to their holiday destination. Most of them traveling 50 miles or more.

AAA says drivers will also get an early gift: cheaper gasoline.

A Survey USA poll says when it comes to gas prices and holiday plans, 31% says it's a major factor in plans and 25% say a minor factor.

However, the prices or drive couldn't stop the Bennett family of Orange County from driving to Chico.

"Our family lives far away so it's nice for us to get together with them and have the kids be with their grandparents over the holidays and just enjoy family traditions," Jennifer Bennett said.

So no matter what mode of transportation you take this holiday season, in the end Valley residents say being with family is priceless.

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