Less People Traveling for Thanksgiving
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
November 20, 2013 5:09 PM
Last year unleaded gasoline had a national average of $3.41 a gallon. This year that price has dropped to $3.21 a gallon, the lowest since 2010. Even with that drop in cost, AAA says less people will be traveling than last year.
“What we've surveyed, people telling us that they are a little bit skeptical about what’s going to happen after the first of the year with the government shutdown, so fresh in everyone's mind,” said AAA South Dakota’s Marilyn Buskohl.
Even though AAA is forecasting a decline in travel for this Thanksgiving versus last year, still 190,000 people will get out of town using their vehicle, and another 6,000 will purchase airline tickets to skip town.”
Nationwide, projections say 43.4 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, last year over 44 million people traveled.
Still, many South Dakotans plan on getting away for a few days, by sky or by highway. For some, it's budgeting for gas, for others it is Mother Nature who dictates their plans.
Renee Munce, of Sioux Falls says budgeting is the key. “Try and get discounts on my gas, we do budget for gas and that makes it easier for us to travel and see our relatives."
Others are a bit more concerned with what’s in the sky. "I’m more concerned about the weather, i have a daughter living in Minneapolis in the Edina area, so I am going to go and see her."
AAA if you want to travel for a holiday Thanksgiving is the one to do it, it's one of the cheapest holidays for people to travel.