AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year.
For Floridians, the decrease is forecast at just 0.4 percent, with 2.23 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more, whether it’s in-state or out-of-state, said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman.
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Highlights from this year’s 2013 AAA Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast include:
• Thanksgiving travelers to total 43.4 million, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million who traveled last year.
• 90 percent of travelers, or 38.9 million, to travel by automobile, a decline of 1.6 percent.
• Median spending expected to drop nearly 7 percent to $465, compared to $498 last year.
• The Thanksgiving holiday is a less expensive holiday for travelers compared to other holidays. This year Labor Day spending was expected to be $804, Independence Day $749 and Memorial Day $659.
• Holiday air travel to decline 3.7 percent to 3.14 million travelers from 3.26 million in 2012.
• Average distance traveled to increase to 601 miles from 588 miles.