Traveling for Thanksgiving 2023? Here's what to avoid while flying or driving - and how to save time and money

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  • Over 55 cardinal Americans are forecast to make moves complete nan vacation period, according to AAA
  • The busiest and astir costly times to alert are nan Tuesday and Wednesday earlier Thanksgiving 
  • The astir celebrated home destinations are New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and Miami, according to experts 

By Tilly Armstrong Assistant Consumer Editor For Dailymail.Com

Updated: 18:09 EST, 13 November 2023

Millions of Americans will beryllium walking to observe Thanksgiving pinch their friends and family this year.

But pinch complete 55 cardinal Americans forecast to make moves complete nan vacation period, according to AAA, it is worthy avoiding nan busiest recreation periods aliases carrier hubs if possible. 

AAA predicts 55.4 cardinal travelers will caput 50 miles aliases much from location for Thanksgiving this twelvemonth - a 2.3 percent summation connected past twelvemonth and nan 3rd highest forecast since 2000. 

Most Thanksgiving travelers will thrust to their destinations, nan statement predicts, pinch 49.1 cardinal drivers expected to get down nan wheel. 

Some 4.7 cardinal group will alert complete nan holiday, it anticipates, nan highest number of Thanksgiving aerial travelers since 2005, and 1.55 cardinal travelers will get to their destination by cruise, autobus and train. 

AAA predicts 55.4 cardinal travelers will caput 50 miles aliases much from location for Thanksgiving this year

According to AAA, nan busiest and astir costly times to alert are nan Tuesday and Wednesday earlier Thanksgiving - which this twelvemonth are November 21 and 22.

After nan holiday, astir Americans will recreation backmost location connected either Sunday, November 26, aliases Monday, November 27, truthful it is worthy preparing for ample crowds astatine nan airdrome and leaving plentifulness of clip for flights, nan statement warns. 

The astir celebrated home destinations are cities New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and Miami, Laura Lindsay, world recreation trends master astatine Skyscanner, told USA Today.

This intends travelers should expect awesome airports specified arsenic Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport to beryllium congested - arsenic good arsenic awesome stopover hubs including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

If you do person to alert connected nan engaged days of nan vacation weekend, Lindsay recommends booking a formation earlier successful nan day. 

Flights backmost up passim nan time truthful location is higher probability of disruption nan later it gets, she told nan outlet. 

If you person flexibility, she suggests looking into walking to a smaller, adjacent airdrome specified arsenic to Long Beach Airport alternatively of Los Angeles International Airport.

'It could beryllium cheaper and much convenient,' she said.

After nan holiday, astir Americans will recreation backmost location connected either Sunday, November 26, aliases Monday, November 27, truthful it is worthy preparing for ample crowds astatine nan airdrome connected those days

Transportation package institution INRIX expects Wednesday, November 22, to beryllium nan busiest time connected nan roads during nan Thanksgiving vacation recreation play - pinch mean recreation times arsenic precocious arsenic 80 percent complete normal successful immoderate metro areas. 

The statement recommends leaving successful nan greeting aliases aft 6pm to debar nan heaviest vacation congestion. 

'The time earlier Thanksgiving is notoriously 1 of nan astir congested days connected our roadways,' said Bob Pishue, proscription expert astatine INRIX.

'Knowing erstwhile and wherever congestion will build tin thief minimize vacation postulation frustrations. We counsel drivers to usage postulation apps, section DOT notifications, and 511 services for real-time updates.'

PEAK CONGESTION BY METRO 

Atlanta

Worst route: Birmingham to Atlanta via I-20 E

Worst day: Friday

Worst time: 5pm

Estimated recreation time: 4 hours, 2 minutes

Boston

Worst route: Boston to Hyannis via Pilgrim Hwy S

Worst day: Thursday

Worst time: 3:30pm

Estimated recreation time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Los Angeles

Worst route: Los Angeles to Bakersfield via I-5 N

Worst day: Wednesday

Worst time: 4:30pm

Estimated recreation time: 2 hours, 59 minutes

New York

Worst route: Jersey Shore to New York vis Garden St Parkway N

Worst day: Sunday

Worst time: 11:15am

Estimated recreation time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

San Francisco 

Worst route: Monterey to San Francisco via Santa Cruz Hwy N

Worst day: Sunday

Worst time: 7pm

Estimated recreation time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Washington

Worst route: Washington to Baltimore via Balt/Wash Pkwy N

Worst day: Wednesday

Worst time: 2pm

Estimated recreation time: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Source: INRIX 


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