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More Californians Expected to Stay Home for the Holidays

More Californians will apparently be staying home for the holidays. Cynthia Harris at AAA says about 8.6 million Californians will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday season. That's about

More Californians will apparently be staying home for the holidays.   Cynthia Harris at the Triple-A says about 8.6 million Californians will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday season.  That's about a two percent drop from last year.  Harris says it's an on-going trend.

Harris: Definitely people have cut back on their travel plans and we have seen this consistently throughout this year.  Since the first major holiday - Memorial day weekend - we have had a decrease in travelers and this is the first time in a decade that this has happened.

Harris says people are concerned about the economic slowdown - and that's causing them to either stay home - or to travel shorter distances. 

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Harris says the biggest drop is in airline travel.  She says 6.7 percent fewer people will fly than last year. 

However, Triple-A reports that plane ticket prices are down about nine percent from 2007 - and hotel prices are down as well.