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If you can’t visit family due to the COVID-19 pandemic, host a virtual Thanksgiving dinner instead.

USA TODAY

Fewer Americans are planning to travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to AAA and Tripadvisor, with shorter stays and social distance from family and friends.

AAA predicts 50 million people will travel for the holiday this year, down 10% from the 55 million who traveled last year, before the coronavirus pandemic.

As in years past, the vast majority of those are expected to drive to their destinations. AAA projects that 47.8 million Americans will hit the road over the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s a 4.3% decline from last year.

“The decision to travel is a personal one,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the