KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Holiday travel has seen a dip in the last couple of years due in part to the recession, but that does not mean there will not be plenty of travelers this Thanksgiving.
Michigan could see travel rise by 9%t this Thanksgiving season.
AAA officials expect that 1.3 million Michiganians will travel this season, which is a 9% jump from last year. Approximately 94% of the state's residents who do decide to travel will do so by car, with 4% choosing to fly.
The remainder will travel by bus or train. Nationwide 42.2 million Americans are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, which is an increase of 11% over last year.
At the same time, gas prices have gone up a nickel nationally in the last week, but have fallen nearly a quarter in West Michigan. Both are averaging at about $2.87 a gallon right now, but with the number of travelers expected to jump 11% nationwide this coming Holiday, gas prices may go back up before then.
Wholesale prices are up 27-cents a gallon since September, during a part of the year when they have traditionally shrunk.