The auto association predicts just over five million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more over Thanksgiving, down 4% from a year ago.
Cynthia Harris is with AAA.
“It definitely shows that some people are holding back even though we are seeing overall economic improvements, there are still some areas of the economy that are quite sluggish.”
A closer look shows bigger decreases.
The number of people flying is down about 5% and the number of people driving is down by 4.6%. Travel by other modes, such as trains or boats, is up by nearly 2%.
Harris points out that this year’s travel forecast is still well above the 2008-2009 levels when the recession caused a drop in travel of more than 25%.