Travel Bags

Travel is expected to boom over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, according to AAA estimates. 

The American Automobile Association predicts 53.4 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, which is up 13% from 2020. 

"As restrictions continue to lift and consumer confidence builds, AAA urges travelers to be proactive when making their travel plans this season," an AAA news article reads.

AAA's estimates bring travel volumes within 5% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019 and air travel almost completely recovers from a sharp fall during the pandemic, up 80% over 2020. 

The U.S. borders opened recently to fully vaccinated people, leading to around 6.4 million more travelers over last year. 

Traveling on the roads will still be the most used, as AAA predicts 48.3 million people using automobiles, despite gas costing more than a dollar more than it did a year earlier.

Another 4.2 million will use airplanes to get to their destinations and 1 million people are predicted to use other means, such as trains and buses.

This year's forecast marks the highest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travelers since 2005, AAA notes. 

“This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than last year,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with their loved ones for the holiday.”

Area weather forecasts for the Thanksgiving weekend are calling for a mix of rain and snow rain with fluctuating temperatures ranging from the 20s to the 40s.

Twidale said the re-opening of international travel will give the country a "much-needed boost" to the economy. 

"But it also means airports will be busier than we've seen, so travelers must plan for long lines and extra time for TSA checks," she said.

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