UNDATED - This year is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving holiday travel period in eight years, according to AAA.
"This Thanksgiving, more Americans will carve out time to visit friends and family since 2007," Marshall Doney, AAA president and CEO, said in a news release. "While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones."
AAA estimates 42 million people will travel via the country's interstates and roadways, while another 4 million will travel by other modes of transportation, including planes, trains and buses.
With more people estimated to drive to holiday destinations this Thanksgiving, AAA said drivers will see some the of the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of gas is $2.15. In Louisiana, that average is $1.87, according to GasBuddy.com.
"One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway," Doney added.
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday through Sunday, but experts advise trying to travel outside of that period to avoid additional travel headaches.