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Northlanders Set Out on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

Posted at: 11/21/2012 7:52 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2012 8:05 PM
By: Travis Dill

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year according to AAA. Over 39 million people will drive over the holiday weekend nationwide.

That is why Julie Commerford was filling her tank on Wednesday. Gas prices didn't stop her from making a trek to Little Falls, Minn.

“No, they've come down since what they were a few weeks ago so I guess it's better than they were,” Commerford said.

But the prices are keeping some in town for the holiday. Nick Baldwin, of Superior, hopes to get some extra rest instead of making a long road trip.

“Usually we go to Missouri where the rest of the family is, and gas is a little expensive down there so we're not going to be doing much traveling,” Baldwin said.

Others were more worried about the traffic on the highways. UMD student Elizabeth Vang was headed to Minneapolis on Thursday.

“I have some sort of road rage, but I always tend to keep it in my car,” Vang said.

The travelers said they will spend time with family and enjoy special meals, but the appeal of Black Friday shopping is hooking some for the first time.

“I've never done Black Friday. I probably will do it this year. I might have to do it by myself because none of my siblings want to go with me,” Vang said.

These Northland travelers were all driving to connect with family, but AAA projects that over 3 million Americans will fly this Thanksgiving weekend.