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Busiest Thanksgiving For Travel In Eight Years, Says AAA


AAA’s Thanksgiving Travel Forecast says 46.9 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s an increase of about 300,000 people over last year, and the highest number of projected travelers since 2008. Mark Jenkins of Tampa-based AAA Auto Club South says the majority will drive, due in part to low prices at the pump.

“We expect gas prices for Thanksgiving to be the lowest for this holiday in seven years, and so when gas prices are this low, it just means more disposable income in people’s pockets,” said Jenkins. “That can encourage people to take a last-minute vacation.”

Jenkins said gas prices in Florida are about 60 cents per gallon cheaper than they were a year ago.

The travel forecast says 2.4 million Floridians will drive more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving, a jump of about one percent.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.