An estimated 600,000 Americans will forego the 50-plus miles of travel they made last year to celebrate Thanksgiving, AAA predicts. The dip is the first in 6 years, but the fourth consecutive for general holiday travel. Despite cheaper gas, fewer people will drive cars this year, opting for more-economical trains or buses instead, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The economy presents “real challenges for some Americans looking to travel,” says a spokeswoman. Airfare is up 8% this year, and car rental 4% more expensive. Hotel prices are the only good news, down 10% from last year’s busier season. (Read more airlines stories.)