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There are signs the economy is making a slow recovery, and AAA says Thanksgiving travel is another indicator in that pattern.

According to the travel group, more than 5.4 million Californians will travel 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving four-day weekend. That’s a 0.6% increase in the number of travelers compared to last year.

“After several years of economic uncertainty, Californians are well-versed in budgeting so they can gather with family and friends to celebrate holidays together,” said AAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris in a press release Friday.

More than 90% of those long-distance travelers will be hitting the roads to see friends and family. Families who are driving next weekend will travel an average of 887 miles, according to AAA’s predictions.

About half-a-million Californians will fly next weekend, a drop of about 1.8% compared to 2011.
The biggest increase in travelers, though, is those going by boats or trains, which is up 11%.