Gobble Gobble Travel – It’s Thanksgiving Week!
Thanksgiving week is here my friends – and just like we wrote about last year, there are travel tips to consider, as well as multiple ways to volunteer/give back.
Here comes the travel chaos! According to a report from AAA, this Thanksgiving (US), airports, train stations and roads will be the most crowded they’ve been since 2005 — with some 54 million Americans expected to travel more 50 miles. This is almost a 5 percent increase from last year, which comes out to about 2.5 million more people hitting the road. Cars are the most popular method of travel for Thanksgiving, with 48.5 million people driving, a 5 percent increase from last year. That’s followed by 4.27 million people taking planes (the largest growth, up 5.4 percent), then trains, buses and cruise ships, which account for 1.48 million travelers, up by 1.4 percent.
Before we begin, let’s recap with last year’s Thanksgiving 5 Travel Tips that are still relevant for your airline travel this upcoming holiday week (also made with my old camera so please excuse the less-than-ideal audio)
To minimize potential headaches, AAA created a list of the worst days and times to leave 10 primary metropolitan areas in the country — as well as which highways to avoid and how long you may be delayed, so you know how much extra time to give yourself. For example, leaving Houston on Monday, Nov. 19, between 2 and 4 p.m. and taking the I69 could take you almost three times longer than usual. T+L recommends traveling on Thanksgiving day if you can swing it, when only 1.73 million passengers will fly (the lowest of the week) or signing up for TSA pre-check so you can skip security lines (obvi)
I was looking around at options to volunteer this holiday, and there is plenty to choose from! I often google an area, time of year and volunteer terminology to get a wide range of ideas, but VolunteerMatch is always a handy website too. I know for Thanksgiving, common options include:
- Meal prep
- Meal service
- Meal delivery (ie. Meals on wheels)
- Fundraising run (ie. Turkey trot, California Fire Victims)
- Spending time with seniors
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)