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Leaving for the Holidays? Record Travel Expected for Thanksgiving

21 November 2017

AAA projects almost 51 million Americans will travel nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, the highest amount of travelers since 2005.

› Chris McGinnis, founder of the TravelSkills blog, suggests booking hotels around office parks, which tend to be very quiet and offer great rates because there are few business travelers during the holidays.

With the United States economy expected to expand to 2.7 per cent in the fourth quarter, according to Bloomberg News, and unemployment at 4.1 per cent, its lowest level since 2000, more Americans will be traveling.

AAA predicts 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016 - and the most since 2005.

More than 45 million will travel by vehicle between Wednesday and Sunday, the auto club predicts.

Approximately 2.1 million Ohioans are expected to travel from home for the holidays.

About 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this week, a 3.3 percent - or 1.6 million more people - increase over a year ago.

New Jersey - 110,624 (8.7% of all travelers), a 4.9% increase from past year.

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AAA Carolinas says about 1.3 million North Carolinians are expected to take road trips for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

But Milani said higher gas prices aren't keeping travelers off the road.

Road trip ready: 89 percent of Colorado travelers - 747,000 - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over a year ago.

"No matter the stony road they trod or the route they rove, it behooves holiday travelers to travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays, to plan ahead, to stay alert, and to avoid distractions", Townsend said.

Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 58,000 Coloradans.

"Compared to the first half of November past year, gas prices this November are on average 39-cents more expensive", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.

Leaving for the Holidays? Record Travel Expected for Thanksgiving