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AAA: 3.4 Million Texans to Travel for Thanksgiving

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    A travel group has projected about 3.4 million Texans will head out during next week's Thanksgiving holiday period. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)

    A travel group has projected about 3.4 million Texans will head out during next week's Thanksgiving holiday period.

    AAA Texas said the estimate covers travel by land, air and water. Most people -- about 3.1 million Texans -- are expected to travel by auto.

    The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as round trips of 50 miles or more away from home from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 1.

    AAA on Wednesday said travel in Texas could be down slightly this year, compared to 2012, because of lingering economic concerns.

    The projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight of Boston, which analyzes travel trends.

    Meanwhile, AAA also said Texans are paying an average of $3.01 per gallon for gasoline.  The figure is up $.06 from a week ago but down $.15 from a year ago.

    In both Dallas and Fort Worth, the average price is $3.03 per gallon.  Austin and Texarkana are the highest in the state at $3.04 while Amarillo is the lowest at $2.92 per gallon.