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Low Gas Prices Mean More New Englanders Will Travel For Thanksgiving

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AAA projects roughly 2 million New Englanders will travel at least 50 miles during Thanksgiving weekend, up about 4 percent from last year.

The increased travel — nationally at its highest level since 2007 — corresponds with the nation's lowest gas prices since that same time.

New Hampshire's gas prices are averaging $2.90 per gallon, lower than the average prices in Maine or Vermont. AAA estimates that nationwide, Americans will travel an average of 549 miles roundtrip for the holiday period, defined as Wednesday through Sunday.

This is the first time since 2010 that national gas prices average lower than $3 per gallon. Although gas prices are lower, travel expenses such as hotels and rental cars are slightly higher than last year.