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More people traveling for Thanksgiving this year

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There are always those who venture away from home during the holidays, but this year’s Thanksgiving week is predicted to see more travelers than usual.


AAA officials project more than 1.7 million people will travel during Thanksgiving week. That’s the highest number since 2007.

They said lower gas prices and a healthy economy are contributing to the higher travel numbers.

Nancy Cain is a spokesperson with AAA Michigan. She said more than one and a half million Michiganders plan to drive.

“We’re projecting 145,000 people will be flying, that’s also up from last year, and nearly 50,000 will be going by bus, or train, or other mode of transportation. So very busy time no matter how you plan to go visit grandma.”

Cain said the number one destination this season is Orlando.

Other top destinations include New York, California, and Las Vegas.