Drivers and plane passengers plan for busiest travel day of the year

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 5:14 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Travelers on the road the day before Thanksgiving may have noticed more people out and about.

Triple A predicted more than 53 million people will travel for Thanksgiving. That is up 13% from last year, as many COVID-19 restrictions have loosened since then.

Ross Braden and his two daughters drove from West Point, Iowa, to Perry, Missouri, today. Braden said he gave himself a few extra hours in travel time in case he ran into traffic.

“We were fortunate enough, I was able to get off work a little early today, and the kids were off school so we got an early start and hoping to get there a little after noon I think,” he said.

Local gas stations said they have seen more people on the roads and inside of their stores.

Owner of Wilco Fast Break in Palmyra Jeff Wilson said they ordered more goods than normal because of the increase in drivers.

“Today we are ordering a lot more cigarettes than normal because we have a lot of people traveling and wanna buy cigarettes,” Wilson said.

Andrey Wilke flew to Quincy from St. Louis on Wednesday, and he said it was a busier day at the airport.

“It was definitely busier than normal, but I mean, I come up here almost every weekend so it doesn’t really phase me anymore,” Wilke said.

Wilson said he’s even seen more people out and about this year compared with 2020.

“I believe that actually there’s a lot more people traveling in general this whole year so. We have seen a big pick up the whole summer so more people wanting to get out. It has been really good,” Wilson said.

Triple A reported even mid-range hotel rates have increased by 39% and car rental rates have increased by 4% since last Thanksgiving.

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