Holiday travelers hoping to beat the crowds

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Holiday travelers are hoping to avoid long lines and heavy traffic by leaving early.

“Coming out of Atlanta, anything can happen. So, I’m expecting it to be, kind of unpredictable. So, hopefully, it will go well. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow when I return,” said skeptical traveler, Greg Gallo, of South Windsor, Connecticut.

AAA is projecting more than 54 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, a nearly 5% increase from last year. With gas prices dropping, after a four-year high, more than 48 million people are expected to take advantage and drive to their destinations. 

Air travel saw the largest gains with more than 4 million people flying the friendly skies. 

According to AAA, travelers who purchased their tickets between the end of September and October paid around $478 for a roundtrip ticket, while procrastinating travelers who purchased closer to Thanksgiving, actually saved around $20. 

Christopher Rodriguez of Newington, Connecticut told 22News he purchased his ticket nearly 3 weeks ago and paid around $350 for a roundtrip ticket to Florida. 

Bradley International Airport is expecting to see an approximately 15% increase in holiday travelers this week. And if you plan on taking a train, bus, or if you plan to be on a cruise ship this holiday week, AAA is expecting nearly 1.5 million passengers. A slight increase from last year. 

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