More Texans are expected to travel this holiday season than in 2011, according to AAA.

The national travel organization projects that 7.7 million Texans will leave home during the upcoming holidays, which they define as the period from this Saturday through January 1. That's a 2.4 percent increase over last year.

Analysts with AAA say it's likely that the improving economy and low fuel costs are leading more people in the Lone Star State and elsewhere around the country to take to the road.

And most of them are indeed traveling by road. The vast majority, 7.1 million will be traveling by vehicle, with the remaining travelers moving by train, air and bus this season.

Texas travelers are expect to log an average of 749 miles round trip during the 11-day period.