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Nevadans to travel despite high gas prices

The Associated Press

High gasoline prices and crowded airports aren’t putting a damper on Nevadans’ travel plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA said Monday.

A survey by AAA found more than 328,000 Nevadans plan to travel 50 miles or more over the long holiday weekend.

Of those, more than 264,000 people, or 81 percent, plan to travel by car. Roughly 47,000 or 14 percent plan to fly and the remaining 5 percent will use trains, buses or cruise ships.

The numbers of vehicle and air travelers are about 1 percent higher than last year.

Nationally, AAA predicts more than 38 million people will travel during the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Being together with family and friends will almost always take precedence even if the cost of travel, specifically gas prices, is through the roof,” said AAA spokesman Michael Geeser in Las Vegas.

AAA said gas prices in Nevada are nearly 70 cents higher than they were a year ago, averaging $3.15 a gallon, with localized prices even higher.

But instead of canceling Thanksgiving travel plans, AAA said consumers make other adjustments to cut costs, such as taking few days off and traveling closer to home.