More Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving than last, according to travel services company AAA. But they'll take shorter trips to save on gas and other costs as household budgets remain tight.
In its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast released Tuesday, AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. That compares with healthier growth of 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in the past two years. Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent in 2008, the first full holiday season after the recession began.
The number of travelers forecast to drive, fly or hop on a train or bus is still 26 percent below the peak in 2005 and 14 percent below 2007.