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AAA Reports Fewer Americans to Travel This Thanksgiving

AAA believes that at least a 10% drop in travel, which will be the largest one-year drop since 2008.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 8:16 AM
Updated: Nov 12, 2020 10:10 AM

Roads might be a little more quiet this Thanksgiving.

AAA reports that fewer Americans are expected to travel, due to the pandemic.  They anticpiate a 10% drop in travel for the holiday, which will be the largest one-year decrease since 2008, when the country was going through a recession.

In mid-October according to forecast models, AAA expects up to 50 million Americans to travel for Thanksgiving.  But, with renewed quarantine restrictions and travel health notices, the number is expected to be even lower than that.

In 2019, 55 million people travel for Thanksgiving nationwide.

"The wait-and-see travel trend continues to impact final travel decisions, especially for the Thanksgiving holiday," said Paula Twidale, senior vice president for AAA.

"The decision to travel is a personal one.  For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the fledibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of depature."

AAA advises travelers to plan ahead, follow public health guidance, and verify before you go with hotels to make sure that they will be open.

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