Thanksgiving is just over a week away and AAA says 55.4 million will be traveling at least 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 2.3% from last year’s travel numbers and the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast recorded.
“For many Americans, Thanksgiving and travel go hand in hand, and this holiday, we expect more people on the roads, skies, and seas compared to 2022,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel. “Travel demand has been strong all year, and AAA’s Thanksgiving forecast reflects that continued desire to get away and spend time with loved ones.”
A majority of travelers will travel via their vehicle, about 49.1 million Americans expected to hit the road, up 1.7% from last year. About 4.7 million Americans will travel via plane, up 6.6% from last year and the highest level of air travel for Thanksgiving since 2005, AAA reports.
The busiest day of travel for the Thanksgiving holiday? That will be on Wednesday, November 22nd with average travel times about 80% higher than normal in various metropolitan areas. The best time frame to travel is either in the morning or after 6pm.