Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving: Holiday Travel Projections

By Scott Sarvay

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - While AAA won't release its projected numbers until next week, the online site tripadvisor.com says it expects 35-percent of Americans to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

That's up from 34-percent last year.

And of the people who are leaving town, more than 1/3 will fly, even with the sluggish economy and higher airfares.

Nearly 60-percent of people who are traveling will drive, and 41-percent of them will be driving 500 miles or more.

And the Indiana State Police ask that you let someone know how you will be getting to your destination.

Sgt. Ron Galaviz with the Indiana State Police says, “We always ask people to plan their trip. But above and beyond that, tell someone how you plan on getting there. You'd be surprised how many phone calls we get for lost or stranded motorists, but nobody knows where they're at, what route of travel.”

It’s projected that most people will travel on Thanksgiving Day or the day before.

And half of all the people traveling will head home on Sunday the 25th.

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