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43 million people traveling for Thanksgiving

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Travel experts expect more people to be on the road this Thanksgiving.

AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That's up slightly from 2011 and represents the fourth consecutive year of increased holiday travelers between Wednesday Nov. 21 and Sunday Nov. 25.

The last time those figures fell was in 2008, when Thanksgiving travel dropped by 25 percent.

While most people will be taking their trips by car, AAA said 39.1 million of them, more than 3.1 million people are expected to travel by air.

However, those numbers are expected to decline compared to the 3.2 million who flew over the holiday weekend in 2011.

AAA estimates the national average price of gasoline will fall to between $3.25 and $3.40 by Thanksgiving. Last year's national average was $3.32, the most expensive average ever for Thanksgiving in the U.S.

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