Johnny Carson once said Thanksgiving was the holiday when, "People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year -- and then discover once a year is way too often."
It looks like fewer Americans will be making that discovery this year, according to AAA's new Thanksgiving travel forecast.
The national travel firm estimates 43.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, a drop of roughly 1.5 percent from the 44 million who traveled afar to give thanks last year.
Analysts blamed the bland economy -- not bland relatives -- for the decline.
"While the economy continues to improve, the sluggish pace of the recovery is creating uncertainty in the minds of some consumers," said Marshall Toney, AAA chief operating officer.
The firm expects 38.9 million people will travel by automobile to get to their destination -- a 1.6 percent drop from last year. Air travelers will decline by 3.7 percent from 3.26 million to 3.14 million travelers.
AAA expects median spending on the trip to decline about 7 percent from the $498 in 2012 to $465 this year, while the average distance traveled will increase from 588 to 601 miles.
You can thank lower prices at the pump for helping to cut the cost of the holiday.
"For those traveling the good news is motorists will receive a holiday bonus in the form of lower gas prices which are at their lowest levels for the holiday since 2010," Toney said.