Thanksgiving travel set to hit 9-year high; Here's what to expect, plus some tips and useful apps

Posted at 4:44 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 06:22:49-05

More than 45 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the holidays.

Experts say that the day before Thanksgiving is always the busiest, and roads will be the most crowded after 2:00 p.m.

If you're leaving Wednesday,it's best to leave as early as possible. If you have to fill up your tank before you hit the road, the gas stations near I-75 in Brandon have the best prices, some 15 to 20 cents cheaper than Tampa gas stations. 

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AAA estimates that a million more people will be traveling this year compared to last year, mostly by car. This year could be the most Thanksgiving travelers in 9 years. 

If you're on the road or in the air, patience is key. 

What about heading home? Experts say if you can, come back on Friday and that the worst time to travel is Saturday, but if you must, just leave early. 

Airport and Weather Forecast for Thanksgiving Travel:






Travel Apps to Help You Along The Way:

If you want to find the best places to fill up on your trip, check out the GasBuddy app.

If you're opting to fly this holiday season instead of driving, you can find TSA's Thanksgiving plan here.

And in the case where your flight gets delayed or canceled, or you just need to kill some time in between flights, check out LoungeBuddy.

And of course your pets can be part of the holiday festivities too.  If you are traveling with your pet, the BringFido app will help you find pet friendly places, parks, hotels and more.

And while you're traveling... Remember, take it all in, enjoy the family time and be thankful you're not a turkey.