Prepare for Heavy Thanksgiving Traffic if Traveling, AAA Texas Says

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AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI.

Airports will see the largest bump in travelers, with 3.95 million expected to take to the skies.

About 90 percent of holiday travel will be by vehicle, according to AAA.

In Virginia, more than 1,270,000 are expected to travel by automobile, 103,000 will travel by plane and 30,000 will be using other modes of transportation.

A record number of motorists will hit the highways for Thanksgiving travel, despite higher gas prices, according to AAA Carolinas. The national average for a gallon of regular is $2.56, up from $2.16 a year ago.

The state average was $2.10 on Thanksgiving 2016, $2.08 in 2015, and$2.79 in 2014. The national average is at $2.54 - a full 37 cents higher than previous year, according to AAA.

Travel times may be more than three times longer than expected, according to AAA Texas.

"Across the country, and in Maryland, this Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be the busiest for the holiday in more than 10 years", said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella in a statement.

Motorists should see some relief at the pump before the holiday.

The top holiday destination is Orlando, Fla., followed by Anaheim, Calif., New York City, Honolulu and Las Vegas. Sailings to St. Thomas and San Juan are resuming this month, while St. Maarten is scheduled to re-open in December. Does all of the traveling stress you out?

AAA said more Americans will also fly this Thanksgiving. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood.

With the AAA Mobile app, travelers can also find almost 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. Every AAA Inspected & Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

The Better Business Bureau has a warning for travelers this year.

AAA and research firm IHS Markit base their forecast on recent and predicted growth in the economy, consumer spending, household wealth and other measures.

Of course, saving money is key when traveling during the holidays.