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Travelers On The Road For Thanksgiving

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In a bid to revive the Thanksgiving traditions that were put on hold last year due to the pandemic, millions of Americans will be packing their cars or boarding planes for a reunion with their families and friends, according to a report.

The amount of air travelers this week is predicted to reach or exceed the pre-pandemic levels, and auto club AAA forecasts that 48.3 million people will travel more than 50 miles away from their homes during the holidays, which is an increase of almost 4 million from last year, despite dramatically higher fuel costs.

Many feel encouraged because more than 200 million Americans are completely vaccinated. However, it is also a way of dismissing concerns about a new outbreak of the virus when there is a heightened risk of infection in the U.S., averaging around 100,000 new infections every day. Hospitals across Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona are witnessing an alarming increase in patients.

The seven-day average of reported cases daily has increased by almost 30 percent over two weeks until Tuesday, as per figures provided by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends unvaccinated people not to travel, but it’s unclear if that suggestion is having any impact.

For those traveling by car, the greatest pain will likely be the more expensive fuel prices. According to AAA, the average nationwide price in gasoline on Tuesday was $3.40 per gallon, which was up over 60 percent from last Thanksgiving.

The price could be one of the factors that would discourage a few holiday-makers. According to a survey by Gasbuddy, which monitors the pump prices, more than half of those who took part said that high prices could affect their plans to travel this week. Around two-in-five users said they’re not taking many trips due to various reasons.

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