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AAA Expects Less Travelers for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for holiday travelers.

But despite lower gas prices, AAA is projecting this year less people will drive to other destinations to visit friends and family than in years past.

According to AAA, almost 43.5 million people will travel more than 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It's a decrease of almost 2% from just one year ago.

"Last year was a peak year for Thanksgiving travel since 2008," said Kaelyn Kelly, AAA spokesperson. "So it makes sense that we would see a slight decline just based on the fact that economic recovery, while it's still happening, it's been going a lot slower than people had hoped."

For the last few months, gas prices have been on a steady decline throughout the state, and are at the lowest they've been since 2010.

But AAA doesn't expect the prices to entice people to travel.

They say since Thanksgiving is later in the month this year, people may save their money to travel for a different holiday.

"Because it's coming so late in November some people might be prioritizing traveling home for Christmas or traveling to see their family and friends for Christmas rather than Thanksgiving," said Kelly.

The Thanksgiving travel season starts Wednesday and goes through the weekend.

A majority of the travelers are expected to leave Wednesday and return on Sunday.

Travelers and shoppers are expected to spend less this Thanksgiving as well.

AAA expects shopping numbers to decrease by almost 7%.

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