Your plans are all in place, all you have to do is bring the turkey and show up.
To grandmothers house we go! – Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen/ Thanksgiving style
Just a quick drive or hop on a plane and you are there! Mhmm, yeah we wish it was that easy…. turns out the worst travel day of the year is November 24th.
Approximately 46.9 million Americans will travel over 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday week, and with these high numbers comes some serious traffic (According to AAA).
Do use Apps:
A navigation app called Waze, tracks traffic trends around the world and according to the app this year will be the worst we have experienced since 2007! Our friends at Waze suggest to travel on Thanksgiving day itself.
Returning Sunday? Yup. Me, too. According to Waze’s data, the mad dash begins at 10 a.m., and reaches maximum logjam between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Here’s what I propose you do based on this suggested data:
Buy your ingredients locally this weekend, spend time cooking on Wednesday/ drive, and for Thanksgiving Day spend it indoors enjoying time with family. Then eat leftovers all weekend :) until Sunday night, and race home.
Navigate the airport with GateGuru which highlights the best shops and amenities in airports. Another one I like is called FlightBoard, which essentially turns your iPhone into the airport Arrivals and Departures board.
Do put your presents in a bag and wrap on arrival just in case TSA makes you tear open your beautifully wrapped presents! We’ve all been there before.
Do bring snacks. Just in case your flight gets pushed back (let’s hope not), or you’re experiencing a longer journey.
Do breathe & do relax.