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Millions head home for Thanksgiving despite high airfares, gas prices

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

On the road, in the air or on the rail, hundreds of Vermonters are preparing for the holidays. For many, that means travel.

"Travel today has been very smooth. There haven't been any delays in any of the hubs we fly into or that Burlington flies into," said Doug Wood of Burlington International Airport.

Airports around the country can be hectic this time of year, but in Burlington it's far more relaxed, thanks in most part to Mother Nature.

"This is Burlington, that's the beauty of it," said Daniel Lustgarten, a traveler.

But don't doubt that the frustrated travelers are out there. We found them filling up.

"I try not to look," said Frank Cochman, who's frustrated with gas prices.

"Super high here, it used to be a year ago it was competitive with Middlebury here, but now it's gotten to where you can't afford to fill up. It's outrageous," said Gui Hallock, who's frustrated with gas prices.

Gasoline prices will break records this year for the highest price of gasoline on Thanksgiving Day. According to GasBuddy.com, the current average in Burlington is $3.73 a gallon. The average for the state is $3.68. And the average nationally is $3.44. That has drivers getting creative.

"I definitely shop for prices," Cochman said.

"I fill up in Middlebury at the Big Wheel on 116 because it's cheaper," Hallock said.

At least one Vermonter is delighted to see gasoline reach all time highs-- Al Villa, who takes care of the Amtrak station.

"When it goes up to $4 we really smile," Villa said.

Villa says Amtrak tickets soar when gas prices are on the rise. Right now, tickets range between $50 and $60 for a one-way ticket in New England.

"Last Saturday we had our largest passenger boarding so far-- 196 got on the train," Villa said.

While many Vermonters will take off Wednesday and Thursday, it's Sunday that promises to bring the most travelers, and with them, the most headaches.

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