Travel 'Making the most of the holiday': Why US holiday travel is at a record high
The best and worst times to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday
Millions of Americans travel around Thanksgiving every year. That means that whether you’re driving to grandmother’s house or taking an international flight this Thanksgiving, you should expect to deal with crowds. The vast majority of travelers are expected to be driving to their Thanksgiving destinations. Major cities see the worst congestion during evening commute hours on the weekdays leading up to Thanksgiving as folks try to hit the road after work so they don’t have to use an extra vacation day to travel.
Buckle up for a hectic and congested end to 2019.
Over 115 million Americans are traveling for the holiday season, according to AAA. Not only is that the most since AAA began tracking the data since 2000, but it’s roughly 4 million more (or 3.9%) from last year.
According to Robert Sinclair, manager of media relations for AAA Northeast, this is all good news for the economy. “Household network disposable income is up. People have that extra time, that extra money ... So people are making the most of the holiday.”
Thirty-five percent of the entire U.S. population will be traveling this holiday season. AAA says that 104 million will drive, 7 million will fly, and 3.8 million will use either a train, bus, or cruise ship.
The best and worst times to travel for the Christmas holiday
Whether they’re taking a warm-weather winter vacation or heading to grandmother’s house, millions of people will hit the road or fly the friendly skies during the December holidays. Sitting in a traffic jam or sprinting across an airport terminal to catch a flight only compounds the other stresses of the holiday season. To make your journey as smooth as possible, strategically choose which days in December and January you plan to travel. TheChristmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25) are statistically the lightest travel days around the Christmas holiday.
Sinclair added, “Americans get the fewest number of vacation days of many workers in the industrialized world, so when we get an opportunity like this, we take advantage of it.”
Indeed, the23% of Americans have no paid vacation while the average private sector worker gets 10 paid vacation days a year. The Center notes that’s far less than any other major economy except for Japan.
Unfortunately,than they were during last year’s holiday season, a major drawback for road travel.
All of those people are going somewhere, and most of them are heading towards warmer weather. The warmer cities people are visiting are, according to AAA
-Las Vegas, Nevada
-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The lone city that’s frigid and getting a lot of travelers — New York.
Nick Monte is a producer for Yahoo Finance.
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AAA: 100 million Americans expected to travel during the Christmas holiday; David Lee Miller reports from New York City.