Thanksgiving Travels

Are you one of the 42.5 million Americans expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving? If so, you’ll be in good company.

According to the AAA, the number of Thanksgiving travelers is projected to be up 4 percent from the 40.9 million people who traveled a year ago.

This is the first significant increase in holiday travel this year, as travel was flat over Memorial Day weekend and decreased during both Independence Day and Labor Day.

AAA says the projected increase reflects pent-up demand from Americans who may have foregone holiday travel the last three years due to economic conditions:

As consumers weigh the fear of economic uncertainty and the desire to create lasting family memories this holiday, more Americans are expected to choose family and friends over frugality.†

Given that about 90 percent of those holiday travelers (38.2 million people) are expected to be on the road, the highways will be busy. If you happen to be renting a car for your travels, check out tips from the I.I.I. on how to ensure you are properly covered.

To all our readers we wish you safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving.

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