Thanksgiving is always a busy time for travel, but reports are saying that this year is expected to be the busiest in nine years.
AAA has reported that 48.7 million American people will be traveling this year, which is the highest amount since 2007 before the Great Recession. Of those 48.7 million travelers, 43.5 million of them will be traveling more than 50 miles from home over the holiday period, which is an increase of 1.9 percent from last year.
They have also predicted that the amount of people taking flights as a part of their Thanksgiving travel will increase by 1.6 percent.
The report came up with these numbers in October based on factors like gas prices, airline prices, the stock market, the job market, and even the stock market.
Shane Norton, the travel and tourism director for IHS Markit, the company that does holiday travel analysis for AAA spoke out about the increase this year.
“The economy is doing good enough, but even more than that consumers are really starting to spend money now. Consumers’ personal income is rising pretty well, but their willingness to spend is even stronger.”