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Traveling Home After the Holidays

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DOVER, Del. – The Sunday after Christmas means it's time to revert back to work mode and prepare for the week ahead for many on Delmarva.

A recent AAA Mid-Atlantic report said a record number of people made Delaware their destination choice to spend the holidays this year.

An estimated 300,000 Delawareans also made the journey out of state to be with family and many drove their way back home over the weekend.

Even though gas prices on Delmarva have been dropping steadily for more than 80 days in a row, it may be nothing compared to gas prices in other states, according to some filling up at gas stations in Kent County.

People from out of state said as they traveled east, they paid more to fill up their tanks than what they paid back home.

"When I left Missouri last Sunday [prices] were $2.21,” said Richard Myers from St. Louis, MO. who drove to Dover to spend time with his son and granddaughter for Christmas. “And I paid $2.25, $2.55, $2.65 as I was coming east," said Myers.

Ashley Ward and her boyfriend Isaiah Hursey also traveled from Missouri to visit Hursey's family for the holidays and found gas prices went up on their eastbound journey.

"Where we live it's $1.90, $1.95,” said Ward, “so it's a big jump from there to here because when we got here it cost more to fill up!"

AAA's year-end travel report also said more money has gone back into peoples wallets -- increasing their disposable income -- since gas prices hit record lows this year.

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