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Hit the road: The great Thanksgiving escape begins

24 November 2017

AAA projects that 1.4 million (1,406,860) Virginians will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of almost 44,000 (43,944) compared to past year.

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over past year.

According to Google, the best time to leave Boston before Thanksgiving was overnight Wednesday.

AAA says more than 1.6 million people living in MI will travel 50 miles or more for turkey and all the trimmings this year.

"Even though gas prices are up since previous year, there's more confidence in the economy", said Martha Meade of AAA Mid-Atlantic.

"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", said AAA Spokeswoman Jennifer Cook.


Daily passenger volumes will range from 1.61 million to 2.88 million, with the busiest days expected to be today and Sunday, he said. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. "But the biggest percentage growth - a 5 percent increase - is taking place at the airports".

The vast majority, almost 90 percent, of MI holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving.

People traveling by auto to their holiday destination have many ways to save money on gas, although some are not as obvious as others.

Road traffic will be tremendous with 45.5 million people on the road this holiday weekend, but thankfully the worst time to drive - Tuesday night - has passed. "Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic". Additionally, if you're like most every other traveler, you'll need to bring chargers for your mobile devices, digital cameras and if applicable, your laptop.

Las Vegas is expected to be one of the top travel destinations in the country behind New York, Honolulu and theme-park cities like Orlando and Anaheim. But close to 90% of all travelers are planning a thanksgiving road trip. AAA says Wednesday through Sunday will be busier than usual on the roads.

Approximately 330,000 motorists will call AAA on the road because of a flat tire, lockout or battery related issue.

Hit the road: The great Thanksgiving escape begins