Holiday travel is expected to break records

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I-5-trafficThe economy is on the mend, unemployment is on the decline and fuel prices have dropped for more than two months, setting the stage for the busiest holiday travel period in history.

Nearly 11.7 million Californians are expected to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday season, with 7.3 million of those coming from Southern California, posting what the Automobile Club of Southern California predicts will be records.

The travel numbers represent a 1.8% increase over last year for both the state and the region.Travelacross the U.S. is expected to reach its highest level in six years, according to the Auto Club.