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Roads are expected to be jam packed this weekend with almost 90 percent of the more than 38 million Americans traveling by car. In Ohio 1.4 million people will drive to places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Carolina beaches.

If you're hitting the roads to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, you won't be alone. Auto club AAA says nearly 46.9 million Americans plan to travel by car or plane during the long holiday weekend. And, the auto club says, nearly 2 million Ohioans will be among them.

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If you're staying home this Labor Day weekend you're in the minority. According to AAA, 88 percent of Ohioans (1.6 million) will be hitting the road sometime before Monday. Nationwide 35.5 million Americans will do the same.

National Geographic Travel's Offbeat Observer, Robert Reid, has traveled the globe, but as he tells Barbara Gray, his new book - Abroad At Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America - shows how to experience the world while never leaving this continent.

  Some of us take vacations to the same place each year, comfortable in knowing what to expect, the beach or Disney World, maybe. But many people use their vacations to travel outside their comfort zones, and open themselves up to new cultures, people, places and experiences.

Plan ahead if you plan to travel over Christmas. AAA says the roads will be extra busy this year, especially Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says 3.8 million Ohioans plan to travel 50 miles or more, up 5 percent from last year.

"The increase marks the highest travel volume ever recorded for the region," says Parker.

She says low gas prices are likely driving the higher travel numbers. Nationaly, she says, we've seen 88 consecutive days of falling prices.
 

If you are looking to explore Kentucky bourbon in the New Year, then our David Delegator has the information you need. He’s joined on the phone by travel writer and bourbon author Susan Reigler who talks about her book, Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.

If your travel plans include a trip to New Orleans, and you are thinking about imbibing at some of the local taverns, there’s a book that’s perfect for you. David Delegator talks with Allison Alsup, one of the authors behind the new book The French Quarter Drinking Companion. She and her co-authors visited 100 bars in the Big Easy to compile this book, covering the upscale and the hole-in-the-wall establishments.

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AAA is projecting a slight decline in Memorial Day travel.  The automobile association says 34.8 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home Thursday through Monday.  Last year it was 35.1 million.   The automobile association estimates 1,312, 559 Ohioans plan to travel for the holiday, also a slight decline from last year. 

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Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati said one reason for the decrease is the impact of the  federal government's budget sequester is starting to be felt. 

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