If you plan on traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, then make sure to plan ahead and allow for extra time, because it is expected to be the busiest travel season in years. One thing to keep in mind is that you are not the only one planning ahead either, so be prepared to endure long waits in traffic and airport lines. In fact, AAA and INRIX, a transportation analytics company, expect that Tuesday evening will be the worst time to be on the roads, as weekday commuters will ultimately merge with weekend travelers to create a congested mess. It is expected that nearly 51 million Americans will be traveling for Thanksgiving, so patience will be key to an overall positive holiday experience.
What’s Different Than Past Years?
Of the 51 million expected travelers, 45.5 million are expected to be road tripping to their destination, which is an increase of 3.2 percent from last year. Although that is quite the jump, the biggest increase in holiday travel comes through the air. Due to the cheapest round trip airfare prices since 2013, the number of Americans flying jumped five percent to 3.95 million travelers. Alternative travel methods have even seen an uptick this year, with the use of trains, buses, and cruises jumping more than 1 percent to 1.48 million Americans. If you do plan on driving this holiday season, keep in mind that drivers will be playing the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, and car rental prices will also hit a five-year high at nearly $70 per day on average.
Tips For Travel Success
Truth is, sometimes you just don’t have a choice if you want to see your loved ones over the holidays. Patience is an absolutely necessary trait if you plan on making it through the long waits, but there are a few things that you can do to make your travels simpler. If you are going to need to rent a vehicle, plan ahead, especially if you are heading somewhere tropical. According to INRIX, Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Vegas are going to be the busiest airports for travelers hoping to rent a car. In metropolitan locations, consider alternate forms of transportation to avoid roadway traffic. For example, you could take the L-Train in Chicago to one of the two large airports. If you’re willing to do a little research, there are plenty of helpful tips that could get you from point A to point B with minimal problems; however, you must always be prepared for the worst. In fact, AAA expects to help about 330,000 stranded motorists with things like flat tires and dead batteries this Thanksgiving. No matter how many lines you have to wait in, at least we can all agree that anything will be better than Tiger Woods’ Thanksgiving in 2009.