The Nashville International Airport expects their highest volume of passengers on Wednesday and Sunday. Last year, the MTA reported 257,000 tolls paid, which was 4 percent higher than 2015. Wednesday is going to be the coldest day of the week with highs in the upper 30s.
The vast majority of holiday travelers, nearly 90 percent, will hit the open road despite gas prices at a two-year high.
Last year, the average price of a gallon of regular gas was about $2. The number of people traveling to see family and friends this hoilday is expected to reach a 12-year high, according to AAA.
That's because travel is expected to increase this year across the nation.
AAA says close to 51 million Americans will be heading 50 miles or more away from home this holiday.
"If you have small children in your vehicle, have something to entertain them with, because it may take a little longer to get to your destination", he said. Experts say that's because tickets are the cheapest they've been in the past four years. At $70/day, the daily vehicle rental average is 34 percent more than previous year and the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.
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A stronger economy, rising incomes and greater consumer confidence are encouraging more people to book holiday trips, according to AAA. In Boston, which AAA ranks as the eighth most congested city in the country, the worst wait will likely occur at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 84 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Airport officials spoke about what travelers should know before they head out to catch their flight.
"I think people will be thankful that our airport is not as busy".
If you're traveling by air, you can save time through the airport and money by simply packing lightly.
The Thanksgiving projection comes from AAA Michigan, the leisure travel organization. The service runs five daily round-trips between Brunswick and Boston during the week, but will cut back to its three-round-trip service on Thursday.
Allow extra travel time in the event of heavy traffic and delays, and check the weather along the route before hitting the road in case of any storms that may be coming.