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By TONI SIMS, CBS Houston
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It’s that time of the year again and Thanksgiving is just days away.

Many people are preparing for their huge travel plans to drive, ride, or either fly their way home to be with family for the holiday.

AAA-Texas says about 3.3 million Texans are expected to hit the road during the holiday weekend this year- an increase of 1.6% compared to 2011.

Driving remains the dominant means of transportation, and a majority of people will travel at least 50-miles between Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25. According to the weekly survey from AAA-Texas released Thursday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline dropped 8-cents last week in Houston to $3.29, which is actually 15-cents less than the national average of $3.44 a gallon.

Now if you’re looking to book a last-minute flight, there’s still time. You can save money by purchasing flights through discounted travel websites like Hotwire, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz. You can also save money by flying on Thanksgiving day. Though it’s not ideal to travel on the actual holiday, that’s when you’ll find the cheapest flights.

If you plan to attend any outdoor events or activities, Houston forecast details include mostly sunny days,  Monday through Thursday, along with chilly nights. Daytime high temperatures will be around 77, with lows near 52. Dry roads will greet travelers on Wednesday and Thursday, and a long stretch of partly cloudy, yet fair weather is expected to continue into the holiday weekend.

As usual, Wednesday before the holiday is expected to be busiest travel day. Brace yourself for crowded flights, and traffic jams. Make sure you give yourself an ample amount of time to get to your destination.

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