Kimberly Houk ReportingHoliday travel will boom this year, with more people leaving town for the Thanksgiving holiday. The number of folks traveling will rise above pre-9/11 levels for the first time.
Nearly 300,000 Utahns are expected to split town for Thanksgiving this year. And that's in spite of high gas prices and rising hotel costs.
AAA of Utah surveyed 1300 adults nationally and found this is the year people want to travel and say they feel safe doing it. More than 37-million Americans plan to go somewhere else this Thanksgiving.
Fairclough: “What we find is when people feel good about their own personal economies and fell they can put a holiday into their budget, they will travel.”
And traveling they are. About 270,000 Utahns plan to leave for Thanksgiving. AAA estimates almost all of them will drive. The busiest travel day by car will be on Thanksgiving. Airports will be most crowded on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after.
And if you do plan on traveling, police are urging everyone to be very careful. Of course, they remind you to buckle up and give yourselves plenty of time to get where you need to go.