AAA: Millions of travelers this holiday season will impact traffic this Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:14 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - AAA predicts 53.4 million Americans will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year; that number is up 13% from last year.

2021 is now considered the highest single-year increase in travel since 2005 according to AAA. Meredith Mitts with AAA says they have not seen this growth in numbers for some time. “Obviously there are a lot of people traveling again. A lot of people didn’t travel last year, and some even the year before that.”

Mitts says their travel projections are 50 miles when it comes to the distance people will be traveling this year. “So, while they could be staying in-state, that also means that a lot of people are traveling across the country to see family are going to take a vacation somewhere warmer and some are even heading internationally.”

While packing your car or boarding a plane, there are some things Mitts says you should keep in mind when traveling this year. Not only CDC travel safety for Covid but also habits you should always practice. For example, make sure you know all your stops on your journey, what the airline’s guidelines are when traveling, and alternate routes when driving in case roads close.

So, while traveling amongst the thousands of other people this season, be sure not to rush and give yourself time to travel to see your family.

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