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AAA projects decline in Thanksgiving travel

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According to AAA, Thanksgiving travelers may see less traffic during their trips this year.

IHS Global Insight and AAA teamed up to release the annual Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast which shows around 43.4 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, down 1.5 percent from last year.

In Illinois, the total number of travelers is up 1.3 percent to 2.3 million, but 1.3 percent fewer cars (around 2.08 million) are expected on the roads compared to last year. Around 167,000 Illinois residents are expected to travel by air, down 3.6 percent from 2012.

In addition to a drop in travelers, AAA predicts families will be spending around seven percent less this Thanksgiving, with median spending at $465 compared to 2012's amount of $498.

The busiest travel day is expected to be Wednesday, with 37 percent of travelers leaving for their destination on that day. Thirty-three percent planned on returning Sunday.

 

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