Nearly 50 Million people expected to travel for Thanksgiving, highest in years

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WEST HARTFORD -- More people are going to be traveling this week for the holiday than have hit the road in almost a decade.

Forecasts from AAA Travel predict 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, the most since 2007 and slightly more than last year.

“More people are traveling and more people are traveling by car” says AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter “In fact, here in New England we are expecting to see the highest number of travelers in 10 years”.

Slightly more than 2 million New Englanders will be heading out, 87% or 1.8 million of them by car, . While those drivers are on the road, they will be paying the least for gas since 2008 said AAA. In Connecticut, gas is averaging $2.25 / gallon, about 25 cents more than the nationwide average.

Air travelers paid an average of $169 round trip, 10% less than last year, for the top airline routes, According to AAA. Hotel and car rental rates are slightly higher.

And AAA expects that they will rescue 350,000 stranded drivers between Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

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