AAA: Record Thanksgiving travel holiday projected


Holiday travel - defined as Wednesday through Sunday - volumes will be the highest since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with previous year.

According to the AAA, approximately 50.9 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home for the holiday, increasing 3.3 percent from a year ago.

"With so many people relocating to Nashville, it's no surprise that many will travel home to see friends and family for the holidays", said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA The Auto Club Group. It's why if you're traveling this week, you'll have even more company on the roads this year compared to last year.

There will be about a 5.4 percent increase from those who traveled by air previous year in New Jersey with 110,624 planning to travel.

Driving is the most popular way to go, but many will also travel by plane or train.

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The National Weather Service says the area should expect sunny skies from Wednesday through Sunday.

That's because travel is expected to increase this year across the nation. And, the vast majority of those travelers will be in cars.

Travel lane closures for interstate road construction will be prohibited statewide starting Wednesday to help keep traffic moving for the Thanksgiving holiday. The number of travelers is expected to represent the highest travel volume in the US for Thanksgiving since 2005.

Travelers will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this holiday weekend. The average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has dropped 5 percent to $117. While this reminder may be obvious, it is especially important when considering congested roads and other busy holiday drivers. At its peak, drivers on Chicago's interstates, for example, could see a delay of almost 300 percent over the optimal trip.

"Leave yourself enough time to get where you're going to go", said Bradley. Both Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, top this year's top 10 holiday destinations based on bookings. AAA recommends motorists have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop before leaving for your destination.