BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Holiday travel doesn't always mean crowded airports, crammed carloads of family or stifled religious and political discussion around the dinner table. If you're lucky, it can just be a vacation.While the American Express (AXP - Get Report) Spending and Saving Tracker found that the average family of four plans to pay $2,636 for holiday travel this year -- or just moderately more than it paid in 2010 -- and made clear that those families are looking for more than a days-long fight for bathroom time at a family member's house. Roughly 31% plan to dine out on their holiday trip this year, compared with just 20% last year. Nearly a quarter said they're willing to shell out more for entertainment, as opposed to just 20% who said the same last year.
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