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Guilderland, N.Y. - According to Triple A the majority of holiday travelers are not flying this weekend. According to the travel company, 90 percent of those traveling Thanksgiving weekend will be hitting the highway.

"The airfare was a little bit higher. We did end up waiting because we kept hoping for a better deal," said Hillary Siebeneck of Saratoga.

The Siebenecks didn't find that better deal. It cost the family of five around $2,000 to make it to their Thanksgiving feast in Ohio. Although gas prices have gone down as millions hit the roads this weekend, it is still impacting travel budgets.

"There's no way getting around it. It'll be cheaper on Cape Cod so we'll probably fill up there," said Carolyn Fogg of Syracuse.

Karen Antley finds ways to save on travel expenses.

"We use our grocery card. We get a little bit off with that. It's cheaper than flying," said Karen Antley.

Antley says packing your own snacks is key to saving during your travels. Families have found other way to save this Thanksgiving weekend. Many have opted to bring the whole family including their dogs.

"It is less expensive to keep him with us than to put him in a kennel or have somebody watch him," said Elaina Rando of Oswego.

"Normally we board our dogs but this time we're being a little brave and bringing both. It was a big savings actually," said Mark Miller of Rochester.

According to Triple A the distance that people will travel this weekend has decreased compared to last year. The busiest day is expected to be when everyone is returning back home on Sunday.

 

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