Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Increase This Year

A lot of us have travel plans this week as we gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving. AAA expects a slight increase in the number of people traveling at least 50-miles between Wednesday and Sunday.

"What we're looking at for this Thanksgiving is a total number of 3.3 million Texans hitting the road for Thanksgiving.  That's an increase of 1.6%."

AAA's Sarah Shimmer says that’s for all forms of travel.

"Of that 3.3 million, 3 million will be driving and that's also up 1.6% compared to 2011."

AAA's survey found that travel by bus, train and cruise ship will be up 11% while air travel is expected to decline a little more than half a percent.

"A lot of that has to do with air travel becoming a little bit more expensive, fewer flights available so they can charge a little bit more per seat."

Shimmer says their survey found we will be spending more over the five day period too.

"We're looking at the average Texas family that's going to take a trip this Thanksgiving will be spending a little more than $800.00, about $802.00 total."

She says that's due to a positive view of the economy. She says in addition to travel costs a lot of folks plan to work in some shopping during their holiday.

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