AAA Carolinas says more people in North Carolina plan to travel this Thanksgiving as families worried about the economy choose to hit the road rather than the skies.
The travel services company said Monday that it expects about 1 million people to travel more than 50 miles from home for the holiday. That's an increase of 27,000, or more than 2 percent, over last year.
The company predicts automobile travel will increase by more than 3 percent. Air travel will decline by almost 7 percent, marking the third year in a row air travel has declined. Bus and train travel is expected to rise nearly 3 percent.
AAA Carolinas President David Parsons said a 63-cent increase in gas prices over last year won't deter vacation plans.