Holiday travelers who try to get a head start on the competition might be falling into a holiday travel trap. According to statistics, those traveling between 50 and 99 miles travel more on Thursday than Wednesday and return more on Saturday than Sunday. The day of return is especially interesting, as many holiday travelers feel they're avoiding traffic by leaving a day early, though statistics suggest otherwise. What's more, long-distance travelers during the Christmas/New Year's period might consider going overseas, which is the road far less traveled come the holiday season. During that time period, 97 percent of long-distance travel is domestic, which will no doubt lead to longer lines at check-in and at the security checkpoints.