Locals head out for the holiday early

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- District 51 schools are out for the week, and that has inspired some families to get a jump on holiday travel. According to a survey released today by TripAdvisor, Thanksgiving travel is up one percent from last year.

Of those traveling this week, 38 percent will head to the airport, while 58 percent will load up the car and hit the road.

"Well, we leave early to avoid the traffic," said local resident Jim Wilson.

Wilson said that since his daughters are off school this week, it was a great reason to take off for the East Coast today.

"Avoiding peak travel days such as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving can be a lot less stressful and a lot less crowds, just making it a much more enjoyable experience," said Grand Junction Airport Deputy Director for the Administration Amy Jordan.

Local gas station cashier Anthony Roberts says a lot of people traveling for Thanksgiving left on Saturday.

"It looks like a lot of people are heading out with their families, catching up with their kids that have gone off to college," said Roberts.

Since the majority of travelers plan to drive, it is important to make note that half of them will be heading back on Sunday, and 70 percent said they will be on the roads at off-times to avoid the worst of holiday traffic.

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