AAA: Nearly 44 Million to leave home for Thanksgiving holiday

AAA Releases 2012 holiday forecast

More people plan to hit the road this holiday season.  

Heather Hunter with AAA said 43.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more, an increase of 0.7 percent from the 43.3 million who traveled last year.  The increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent, according to AAA.

Analysts predict 39.1 million will travel by automobile, 3.14 million by air.  ABC News reports air travel is down 3 percent because airlines have cut flights and prices are high.

Gas prices will be lower than many may have expected.  Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $3.38 a gallon as of Sunday.  The national average has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43 a gallon, according to gasoline price website ColoradoGasPrices.com.

The Thanksgiving weather forecast looks good.  JetBlue even tweeted, "mother nature looks to deliver a beautiful weather week.  Let's do this."