Nov 26, 2009 12:04 AM by Ariel Wesler

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road

AAA expects more than Two million Southern Californians to travel over the holiday weekend. Drivers were gassing up all afternoon long, trying to get an early jump on the Thanksgiving rush.

85 percent of Southern Californians are expected to hit the road this year. That's up nine percent from last year.

Locally, air travel is expected to drop one percent compared to last year. That's down 60 percent from just two years ago.

"We booked our ticket probably two months ago, so we got not a cheap cheap fare, but a fairly reasonable fare and we're flying out Saturday morning instead of Saturday afternoon because the flight was a little cheaper," said Don Townshend, who had just arrived to San Luis Obispo from Spokane, Washington.

"My family back in North Carolina, not going to be able to visit them this Thanksgiving, so just staying local and driving, driving a lot. [I] can't afford the flights and the baggage and all that stuff," said Janson Bellen of San Luis Obispo. She's heading down to Thousand Oaks for the holiday.

Driving isn't cheap either though. The cost to fill your tank is nearly 30 percent higher this year, with average local prices hovering around $2.90.


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