Thanksgiving travel returns to near pre-pandemic levels

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- After a 2020 holiday season spent apart, holiday travel is once again a priority for millions across the country.

More than 50 million people are expected to this year, nationwide, a 13% increase from Thanksgiving 2020.

The majority, 48 million, will travel by car.

A sign of normalcy, following a year, that was anything but,

“People are much more comfortable now that the vaccine rate is higher and even amongst younger people too, people are more comfortable taking those longer vacations,” Diana Gugliotta from AAA Northeast said.

However, some are staying local.

“My immediate family and I and my grandparents are just going to go to this restaurant in Providence,” North Providence resident Richard Francazio said. “We used to go to my aunt and uncles house for a big gathering but I have a lot of older people in my family with other conditions and don’t want them to get sick.”

AAA Northeast says we’ll see a 15% increase in travel here in New England.

The increase comes at a time where gas prices continue to rise.

Here’s how Gugliotta recommends to save at the pump.

“Take a couple of minutes to scroll through apps like gas buddy and find where the cheapest gas is along your route. Taking a few minutes to be prepared is really smart.”

According to AAA, here are the best and worst times to hit the road.



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