Oliver Horne, 5, says goodbye to his father, Josh Horne, before leaving Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta on Wednesday with his mom and Josh Horne’s wife, Angelina, for Thanksgiving in Minnesota.
Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation’s annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home. Thanksgiving travel this year was expected to be up only slightly, 0.7 percent, from last year, according to AAA’s yearly Thanksgiving travel analysis.
Among the 43.6 million Americans expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, more were driving and fewer were flying. Their planned trips were shorter too, by about 120 miles on average, the travel organization said.