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Another busy year for holiday travel

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Albany/HV: Another busy year for holiday travel
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Millions of people are hitting the roads, or boarding planes, buses, and trains to get to their Thanksgiving Day destinations. Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend. Megan Cruz has more on holiday travel.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Just the meal and being together with family," said Joanne Babiarz.

"Just to have a break," said Matt Oship.

"Gonna see my brother," said Hadeep Singh. "I'm excited about that."

"I get to spend it with my in-laws, so that's great," said Tyler Russell.

Whatever the reason, millions are traveling for this Thanksgiving holiday. According to AAA, 43.6 million will take to the air, road, or rails. That's why many travelers chose to be safe than sorry.

"It's better to be an hour early than even a few minutes late when you're taking a train," said Oship. He's headed to Buffalo for the holiday. He arrived two hours early for his 10 a.m. train out of the Albany-Rensselaer station. Plenty seats to choose from in the waiting area, but that won't be the case on the train: there's only 6 seats left on the 300-seat train.

Over at Albany International, a more hectic scene - especially at security.

Russell is flying to Chicago. He said, "You never know what you're going to get with the person in front of you so you just pick a lane and hope you get through fast."

That uncertainty had others flying out their doors.

"I don't like the traveling aspect of it," said Babiarz. She's flying to Florida. "It's hectic, but when you get there, it's all worth it."

But if you'd rather dictate your own departure time, you could always drive.

Peter Caban is driving from Albany to New York City: "Yea, it's more traffic, but it's a lot easier and I don't mind it."

Especially he says, when the destination is so important.

"Our 5-year-old had mitochondrial depletion and passed away June 16th this year. It's going to be nice to be with family for the holiday," said Sheila Caban.

So safe travels everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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