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Nov 24, 2010 1:27 AM by John Romero

Holiday travel up for first time since recession began

The Thanksgiving road trip is a yearly tradition for millions of Americans. This year, there's going to be a lot of people on the roads. "In the mountain states we are seeing a 10.7% increase in Thanksgiving holiday travel this year as compared to last year." explains Wave Dreher with AAA Colorado.

That comes out to about 3 million people on the road in the Rockies over the next few days. It's the first real increase in travel over the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008's historic plummet of 25% when the recession hit. The price of gas helps. "Gas prices in Colorado are very stable right now. We have some of the lowest gas prices in the country." says Dreher.

Combine that with other x-factors such as room and board costs, and that all amounts to a good time to make that holiday trip. "This is an economical time to travel." explains Dreher, "People are staying with friends and family and were dining at home. That takes some of the costs out of it." Nationwide, travel is expected to be up over 11%, with an estimated 42 million people traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

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