Over 50 Million Travelers Expected to Hit the Road this Thanksgiving

More than a million Marylanders are expected to travel during the Thanksgiving weekend.

"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of what will likely become the busiest holiday season in more than a decade", said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA - The Auto Club Group. Prices were at $2.56 a gallon on Wednesday, about 10 percent above previous year, AAA said.

This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI as more people take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways. Many Green Bay Packers fans may also be traveling to Pittsburgh, to see the team take on the Steelers.

Higher gas prices won't stop Floridians from hitting the road this Thanksgiving.

Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago.

"Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices", Jenkins said.

The number of Marylanders flying for Thanksgiving is expected to grow by 4.7 percent, the largest increase of any mode of transportation. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from a year ago.

"When consumer confidence is high, more people are willing to travel, even if it means taking on debt", says AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said.

In Florida, 190,720 are expected to take a flight, a 4.5 percent over previous year, AAA said. "These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year". Nationally, Anaheim, site of the Disneyland Resort, is expected to be the second most popular Thanksgiving destination, according to the AAA.

  • Anthony Vega