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Millions set to travel this weekend

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Ready, set, go.  Thanksgiving is Thursday, and the roads are already packed with travelers.

Millions of Americans will drive to visit family for Thanksgiving.

The holiday travel period kicked off at 6 p.m. and the holiday travel period makes up the most dangerous travel time on Georgia highways.

On the Liberty Expressway the traffic is pretty heavy.

But whether it's the highways, the biways or simple country roads, travelers this weekend have plenty of company.

According to the American Automobile Association, more than 33 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home. That's an increase of just more than one percent over last year.

We caught up with someone who was traveling Wednesday and we asked her what her favorite part of the Thanksgiving holiday was.

"I actually think it's the family. Family is very important so I like to go back and spend time with my family," said Travis Walker of Albany.

Travis told us that she always travels by automobile since her family is split between here and Dublin, Georgia.  AAA says that more than 85 percent of all of those who are traveling and doing it the same way that she is: by automobile.

The skies are busy, too.

Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta is bracing for a rush of 1.7 million Thanksgiving travelers.

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