AAA: 3.3 million Texans to hit the road for Thanksgiving

Number of Texans traveling this holiday expected to increase 1.6 percent


SAN ANTONIO – AAA Texas projects that nearly 3.3 million Texans will hit the highway for Thanksgiving.

That travel projection for the holiday week is up 1.6 percent compared to last year.

Some travelers are already leaving, like the Howes.

"We're traveling 12 hours to Pensacola, Fla., to see my dad's brothers and aunts and uncles," Mahkyla Howes said.

The 17-year-old is the oldest of four kids who set off in a van with their parents and family dog.

"I have a lot of stuff, and I don't like using one bag, so I just barricade the side of the door with all my stuff," Isabella Howes said.

The 15-year-old said the road trip is long, but she and her siblings have plenty to entertain them.

"We sleep a lot and then we have a TV in our car, so we watch TV, and we're always eating, so we bring snacks. That's a good idea," she said.

While the kids are thinking about comfort on the road, their parents are thinking about the impact on their wallets, especially from gas prices.

She said trip from Texas to Florida will probably be a lot easier on the kids than it is on the parents.

"When they're sleeping, it's fantastic, but when they're talking, it's horrible. There's four, and they all have to talk at the same time," Tara Howes said.