"I'm going south to Mississippi to see our son for Thanksgiving," says Buddy Cave, holiday traveler. "I'm going to drive."
While more people are traveling during the year-end holidays they aren't traveling as far as they did last year.
"I'd love to go to California and see some of my more extended family and some of my close ones but it's a little bit too expensive," says Tyler Sirbaugh, who wants to travel for the holidays.
As extra fees for flying add up, many are choosing to hit the road this year.
"It's cheaper for me to drive otherwise I would spend $100 or $200 just to fly when I can drive for $40-$50 on gas for a mid size car," says John Hegedus, another holiday traveler.
The state highway administration says Thanksgiving travelers are hitting the roads earlier each year. Motorists should expect increased traffic beginning on Monday, November 19. SHA reminds motorists to leave plenty of commute time.
"I would drive to about Colorado and then stop because once you get there it starts at about the $5 range and it's a little bit too much for me," says Sirbaugh.
The number of people traveling in December is expected to increase from 22 percent in 2011 to 40 percent in 2012.