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More Americans expected to travel over Thanksgiving, AAA says

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – If you're planning on traveling this Thanksgiving, you're not alone. AAA estimates the number of Americans taking to planes, trains and automobiles for the holiday is up to a whopping 43.6 million!

AAA attributes the predicted increase in travel numbers to a decrease in gas prices across the nation, as well as lower than average airfares for the holiday weekend.

"It's an hour and 20 minute flight, it's so easy," said traveler Virginia Gunn. Gunn chose to fly from Myrtle Beach to her children's home in New York, saying it beats the drive.

"It's a twelve hour drive on I-95," she said. "You may as well just put a gun to your head."

Other travelers, especially those traveling from areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, are opting to drive. Kurt and Sandy Havens passed through the Grand Strand on their way to Thanksgiving in Florida. With gas prices so high in their home state of Connecticut, they opted to fill up where it was cheaper.

"The gas prices were $3.86 when we left," Sandy said. "The cheapest we've seen down here is $2.92. It's amazing."

The lower gas prices in the Palmetto State are a good incentive for travelers to hit the road, but AAA is predicting the majority of drivers won't stray very far from home.

Last year drivers logged an average of 706 miles for the trip, but are only expected to log 588 this year.

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