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The number of travelers forecast to drive, fly, or hop on a train or bus is still 26 percent below the 2005 peak.

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The number of travelers forecast to drive, fly, or hop on a train or bus is still 26 percent below the 2005 peak.

NEW YORK — Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. But they will take shorter trips to save on gas and other costs as household budgets remain tight.

In its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast released Tuesday, AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. That compares with healthier growth of 8 and 6 percent, respectively, in the last two years. Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent in 2008, the first full holiday season after the recession began.

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The number of travelers forecast to drive, fly, or hop on a train or bus is still 26 percent below the peak in 2005 and 14 percent below 2007.

Holiday travel is mostly done by car and a dramatic drop in gas prices could inspire some reluctant travelers to get behind the wheel. The national average has declined 35 cents per gallon in the last month. AAA expects further declines through the holiday, although the price of gas on Thanksgiving Day should be close to last year’s record of $3.32 per gallon.

AAA says that a stronger economy is needed to spur a bigger jump in travel. AAA believes trips will average 588 miles this year, down from 706 miles a year earlier. That’s partly because of an expected decline in air travelers.

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