Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving Day are the busiest travel days of the year. This year’s predicted number of travelers is 43.3 million in the US that will travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. While there are some conditions that will be completely out of your control like the weather, an accident on the highway or a flight being delayed, USA TODAY has put together some stress free tips that will make the journey more enjoyable!
- Travel on off days– Wednesday will be the worst day to travel because everyone will be on the road or at the airport. If you can, take some extra time off work, try to leave Tuesday and avoid it all together or wait out the rush and leave first thing Thursday morning if possible!
- Chose your airport wisely– If you live in a metropolitan area, chances are you have a major airport within a 30 minute drive. While this may seem convenient, it might make sense to drive a little further to a smaller airport to avoid the big crowds.
- Keep it clean– Especially if you are flying with the millions of other Americans, defend against germs and carry hand sanitizer and wipes and use them often. This is the prime time of year to get sick and a sick family member will make the travel home even more stressful.
- Be prepared– When loading up the car, make sure essentials like a GPS, credit card for gas, and kids games and electronics are close by. Same rule applies to flying, make sure you have everything your family will need to get you through an overnight in your carry-on, just incase your luggage is lost.
Keeping theses simple strategies in mind when you are planning your holiday travel should help keep the stress level down. This way you can enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. US Weather Insurance wishes you and your family and very happy Thanksgiving!