Traveling for Thanksgiving? You'll have lots of company
A steady stream of cars will be a common sight for Thanskgiving drivers this year. AP photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2% increase over last year. Almost 90% of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and will enjoy the lowest gas prices in nearly four years. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.
Thanksgiving holiday travel volume is expected to reach the highest level since 2007, with 46.3 million Americans taking a trip.
More than 89% of travelers (41.3 million) will travel by automobile, a 4.3% increase from 39.6 million last year.
Air travel for Thanksgiving is expected to be at the highest level since 2007, with 3.55 million Americans taking to the skies.
1.5 million will journey by other means.
The average distance traveled this Thanksgiving will be 549 miles roundtrip and Americans will spend an average of $573 during the holiday weekend.
In Tennessee, 1 million people are expected to travel; 1.3 million in Georgia.
“During the Thanksgiving holiday period, roads and airports will be packed as more Americans will travel than any year since 2007,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The rise in travelers comes as Americans grow more optimistic about the future. Falling gas prices and improvements in several key economic factors, including employment, GDP and disposable income, are boosting consumer confidence and the desire to travel.”