Holiday travelers heading out of town

43M expected to travel at least 50 miles from home

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Some 43.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a slight increase over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year, according to AAA projections.

Adisa Berkley is one of the millions of holiday travelers. He told Channel 4 Christmas came early since gas prices are down about 20 cents over the last few weeks.

"You get to do more and go more like that. So we might get to sightsee if we go back up and visit back up north," said Berkley.

Most people drive rather than fly to their holiday destinations, but even more are driving this year: Some 90 percent of travelers will travel by car, a 0.6 percent increase. At the same time, the number of people flying is expected to drop from 3.2 million last year to 3.14 million this year.

Coming from Baltimore, Barbara Yellin had to fly.

"The flight today was not so bad," said Yellin.

Probably because she hit the tarmac Tuesday night to avoid Wednesday's rush, when 45-percent of travelers are expected to head out of town.

"My ex-husband was a travel agent and so I've heard horror stories and I just didn't want to get involved in that," said Yellin.

That seems to be a pretty common sentiment from all the folks who followed suit looking to avoid Black Friday sized crowds in terminals and roadways. They said they are looking forward to being home and that holiday time is even better when you beat the crowds doing it.

"It's pretty clear out there today. I mean I know its going to be busy tomorrow," said Yellin.

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