Holiday Travel: People leave for long weekend

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Today may be one of the busiest travel days of the year, but you wouldn't know it looking at the roads in Richmond. Interstate 95 has been running smoothly all day. Triple-A says forty two million Americans will be traveling this week for Thanksgiving - the highest number of travelers since before the recession.

Reggie Clark is driving from Richmond to New Jersey. He says he knows driving is going to be a nightmare.

"It is what it is," he said. "We'll just have to do some defensive driving, seeing people out and about. We'll just have to expect it, it's the holiday season. Take it with grace and just enjoy the trip."

Reggie says battling the traffic is just the price to pay for spending the holidays with family.

"You really can't let it stop you. My mom is up north. She's getting up there in age and we look at it like a little vacation," Reggie added.

It's been a similar scene at Richmond International Airport. Airports are notoriously crowded during the holidays.

"Usually when you leave at the same time as everyone else it can be pretty rough. Traffic getting to the airport, once you get to the airport, it's crowded so it's generally not pleasant," said traveler David Hernandez.

Many travelers came early today, expecting big crowds, now they're wondering where everyone is.

"It's not very crowded being that it's the day before Thanksgiving," said traveler Sissy Parrett.

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