Thanksgiving travel on the rise

For the first time in three years, Thanksgiving travel in the state of Georgia is projected to increase.

AAA auto club estimates that the number of Georgia residents this Thanksgiving weekend will increase 11.2 percent from 2009, with more than 1.2 million Georgians expected to take trips more than 50 miles from their home between Wednesday and next Sunday.

“This is great news,” vice president of AAA travel Brent Hubele said. “Not only is travel up across the board, but it’s a sign consumers are more confident and willing to take time off, spend money to travel, and visit with friends and family this holiday weekend.”

The projected increase in Georgia is about on par for the country, which is expected to see an 11.4 percent increase as a whole.

More than 42.2 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holiday.

Average Georgia gas prices during the holiday will range between $2.75 and $2.85 per gallon, AAA estimated. Air travel is projected to increase 3.2 percent in the state.