DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and many students across North Texas are already on a week-long vacation. So – get ready – airports and area roads will soon be packed full with holiday travelers.

According to AAA Texas, this year could be one of the busiest Thanksgiving travel weeks that the state has seen in quite some time. An estimated 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home. That is up from last year.

And despite higher airfares and fees, more travelers are expected to fly this Thanksgiving when compared to last year. So, expect long lines at security checkpoints. Plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight departs. And remember all of the rules for carry-on liquids – containers must be three ounces and fit inside of a one-quart plastic bag. “Once you get through security, you can relax,” said passenger Jim DeLong early on Monday morning.

For those who are taking a road trip this holiday, you can give thanks for some relief at the gas pump. Prices have come down six cents over the past week and 15 cents in the past month. AAA Texas said that the state average is $3.35 – and even less in both Fort Worth and Dallas.

Of course, you can check CBSDFW.COM any time for the latest local weather and traffic conditions before you depart, and find out how you can avoid potential problem areas.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!