More than 54 million people projected for Thanksgiving travel, says AAA

According to new data from AAA, 54.3 million Americans will travel from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The majority of travelers — a projected 48.5 million — will hop in their car, while 4.8 million will fly to their destinations.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to travel during the holiday period, consider beginning your trip on Thanksgiving Day and returning by Nov. 24.

“Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year will be no different,” says Trevor Reed, a transportation analyst at mobility analytics company INRIX. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

North Carolina Drivers can expect to pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years, with a state average of $2.57 as of Nov. 13, up from $2.40 a year ago.

“Motorists have become accustomed to this year’s more expensive gas prices and won’t let higher fuel costs deter them from taking Thanksgiving road trips,” said AAA gas price expert Jeanette Casselano.

Meanwhile, the largest growth in holiday travel is by air, at 5.4 percent. Travelers looking to save money can fly Thanksgiving morning and arrive in time for dinner.

Searching for a holiday destination? Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami are all gaining popularity as holiday spots compared with last year.

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