AAA predicts 51 million travelers this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

AAA predicts 51 million travelers this Thanksgiving, highest volume since 2005

About one in six Marylanders is expected to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, the most since 2005, according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic projection.

That will be an increase of 80,230 people, or 3.2 percent, over a year ago.

If you're traveling to your Thanksgiving dinner, you could see a lot more people on the road than past year. Although Idaho gas prices have been among the highest in the country in recent years, a nine-cent increase over the past month brings the USA average to within a dime of Idaho pump prices.

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With Thanksgiving nears, people traveling across the country, and AAA is predicting that there will be up to 51 million travelers this coming week. The majority of traveling Floridians are expected to take to the highways, despite gasoline prices that are expected to be the highest since 2014, AAA said. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump".

"Gas prices still aren't bad", said Haugh.

The increase comes at a time when gas prices are up more then 40 cent from previous year.

Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65.

"When consumer confidence is high, more people are willing to travel, even if it means taking on debt", says AAA Idaho spokesman Matthew Conde.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26, according to AAA. "These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year".

Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over previous year.

The vast majority-nearly 90 percent-of MI holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

Two Florida cities - Orlando and Fort Lauderdale - are expected to rank among the county's top 10 Thanksgiving destinations, AAA said.

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