43.4 million Americans are expected to travel during this year's Thanksgiving holiday, a decrease in travelers from the 44 million a year ago. AAA spokesman Dave Carlson said that the projection reflects Americans uncertainty about the economy.
"The country is facing something of a sluggish pace of recovery," said Carlson. "It does appear that the federal government shutdown has had some impact on the money that people have available for traveling. So we think part of the decline we're looking at probably has something to do with that."
Gas prices are expected to offset some economic woes, because most drivers will pay the cheapest gas prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2010. The busiest days of travel will be on Wednesday and Sunday.