Travel Tips for Thanksgiving Weekend

Are you going in search of sweater weather this Thanksgiving? We don’t blame Floridians for traveling north to spend the holiday with family and friends, since 80 degree weather isn’t always the best for chowing down on a hearty meal or snuggling up with a cozy blanket to watch some football!

If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, you’re far from alone. According to AAA, 54.3 million Americans will be traveling over the holiday weekend, including 2.8 million Floridians. Over Thanksgiving, some of the most popular destinations include Orlando, Miami, Honolulu, and Cancun as northerners seek a sunny respite from the snow.

How Floridians Travel

According to AAA’s statistics, the majority of Floridians will be hitting the roads. An expected 2.5 million Floridians are traveling by car over Thanksgiving weekend. This means that roads, particularly major interstates like I-4, will be particularly crowded with locals and tourists alike. Gas, which is currently at $2.57 per gallon, will also be in high demand.

Another 200,443 Floridians plan to travel by plane over Thanksgiving weekend. While planes are often a feaster method than cars, airports will likely also be crowded with holidays travels, leading to an increased risk of delays.

Gas prices, airport delays, and congested roadways aren’t a reason to stay home, however! If you’re planning a trip by car or plane over Thanksgiving weekend, a stress-free, fun trip is still possible—just follow these tips below.

Tips for Your Trip

  • If possible, avoid traveling on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the season
  • To really avoid the crowds, do your actual traveling on Thanksgiving Day itself, when the crowds will be the lightest
  • Give yourself extra time in anticipation of any delays
  • If you’re driving, download Waze or a similar app that lets you know about upcoming obstacles on the road
  • Plan your route in advance and use a GPS—or a trusted navigator in the passenger seat—to keep you on track

While traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, everyone should also remember to travel safely! On the roads, this means avoiding dangerous behavior like speeding, texting, or driving after drinking. And don’t forget about drowsy driving, which can be a major issue around the holidays. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, be courteous of other travels and do your part to make the holiday weekend safe for everyone.

Happy travels!


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