Record Number of Travelers Expected To Hit The Roadways This Holiday Weekend

November 24, 2004 -- Posted at 5:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO--The holiday travel season is upon us in what is expected to be one of the busiest travel seasons since 2000.

Millions are expected to fly the friendly skies over the holiday, but a record number of travelers will be on the roads, and folks here in region 8 are certainly no exeption.

These college students are heading home for the Thanksgiving weekend.

"I'm from Little Rock, so I plan to go home and spend time with my grandparents, and my mom, and my sisters who are a lot younger than me,"said college student Ashley Brumett.

Many others we talked to will have a little longer trip ahead of them.

"My wife and I going back, we're driving back to Dallas. We're going to stay there about three days, and we're heading out this afternoon to see my family,"said holiday traveler Lance Debaugh.

Of course, there's one stop we all have to make before beginning that long trip.

Gas prices are up more than 30 percent compared to this time last year.

The national average for a gallon is $1.97.

Even though the higher prices are causing travelers to pinch their pennies, most say you can't put a price tag on being home for the holidays.

"Even though the prices have gone up, it's still a lot cheaper than flying.  It's just one of those things you gotta do, you gotta deal with it,"said Debaugh.