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Thanksgiving 2013: More Americans to Travel This Holiday

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Nov 14, 2013 02:12 PM EST

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Expect airports to be busy this Thanksgiving.(Photo : Reuters)

More people are going to be traveling for Thanksgiving 2013 and they're not going to hold back on holiday spending, according to TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor surveyed more than 1,200 US respondents to ask them about their travel plans. They found that 39 percent plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, which is a seven percent increase from last year. Of those who are traveling, 37 percent plane to fly while 57 percent will take to the road and drive.

Travelers won't be stingy with their travel spending this Thanksgiving. According to the survey, 46 percent of people plane to spend more on Thanksgiving travel than they did in 2012 while 44 percent said they'll spend about the same. Fourteen percent plan to spend more than $3,000, 21 percent expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,999 and 23 percent are keeping their spending low between $500 and $999.

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With Black Friday coming up, many travelers will be hitting the malls. Forty-five percent said they'll take a Black Friday trip which is a 12 percent increase from 2012.

"With a seven percent increase in those planning a Thanksgiving pilgrimage this year, it's clear Americans are hungry for the holiday," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "As more than a quarter of travelers plan to depart the day before Thanksgiving, travelers with flexible schedules will be best served leaving Tuesday or earlier."

Thanksgiving can be a stressful travel time, as 70 percent said they're get stressed out by congested roadways, crowded airports / long security lines, and inclement weather. To help reduce stress, 64 percent said they plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic. Many know that the day before Thanksgiving will be the biggest travel day.

The most popular Thanksgiving destinations this year include New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Boston and San Francisco.



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