The number of people traveling around the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to go up this year, but only a little, AAA said Tuesday.
In its holiday forecast, which covers Nov. 21-25, AAA projected that 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home. That’s an increase of less than one percent compared to 2011.
Just over 2.2 million people are expected to travel in Florida, also a tiny increase. While the number of auto travelers is forecast to increase just half of a percent in the state, the number of people flying is expected to drop 1.8 percent. While a significantly smaller number, bus and train riders are expected to increase by almost 14 percent to 45,042.
The travel organization said areas affected by Hurricane Sandy are likely to be more difficult to navigate for travelers; a spokeswoman urged people heading to those destinations to plan ahead, anticipate delays and fuel up in places where gas is plentiful.
Nov. 21, which is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, is expected to be the busiest day on the roads and in the air, with the majority of travelers heading out that day. The next busiest day is expected to be Sunday, Nov. 25, with 36 percent of people returning; another 25 percent are projected to return Monday, Nov. 26.