Over 50 Million Travelers Expected to Hit the Road this Thanksgiving


Nationally, the auto club projects the highest level of Thanksgiving travel since 2005, with 50.9 million Americans taking a trip somewhere.

AAA expects almost 51 million Americans to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel next week, the highest volume for Turkey Day travel in a dozen years.

With Thanksgiving now just a week away, people aren't talking turkey. they're talking travel, and in record numbers.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as November 22 through November 26.

AAA is expecting the busiest Thanksgiving weekend traffic in more than a decade. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.

If you'll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you'll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.

Of those 51 million people, 89 percent of those will be traveling by vehicle.

That is a three-percent increase from previous year.

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People may be beating the long lines this weekend before the real travel rush kicks in Wednesday, which is the peak travel day for Thanksgiving, according to AAA. "That's the most we've seen in a dozen years".

Motorists should see some relief at the pump before the holiday.

Orlando is the No. 1 Thanksgiving destination, followed by Anaheim, California, New York City, Honolulu and Las Vegas.

The travel surge is being chalked up to a good economy and moderate gas prices. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years".

"I am leaving Saturday to go to IN to have Thanksgiving with my dad", she said. On the other hand, the average rate for AAA Two Diamond Rated hotels decreased 5 percent with an average nightly cost of $117. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and more.

A robust USA economy is driving across-the-board travel this season, according to the 115-year-old automobile association.

IHS Markit, a London-based business information provider, provided the data for the AAA report.