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Wicked Holiday Guide

Adam 12

The Best Thanksgiving Travel Times (and the Worst)

What are the best Thanksgiving travel times? And, more importantly, what are the worst? Let us break it down for you.   Our friends at Boston.com were kind enough to pass this piece along, so I'm going to turn it into a handy-dandy holiday travel guide. But first, some numbers from AAA via the Boston.com article: About 54.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 1.5% increase over 2021 and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes, according to the agency. About 49 million people will travel by car.   Crunch those stats and it's clear: we're pretty much back to pre-pandemic Thanksgiving travel habits. And with 54.6 million people traveling more than 50 miles from home and 49 million of those people driving, it's clear to see that traffic is going to be a major issue in the coming days. Moreso than it usually is.   Still, though, I'll say this: I'd rather sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic than get hung up at an airport for the Thanksgiving holiday. I remember it clearly. It was Thanksgiving 2008 or 2009. We had flown to Richmond, VA to visit family. And here I was, trudging through Richmond International Airport, pulling a suitcase with a precariously-balanced pack-and-play on top of it and carrying an infant travel car seat in my other hand.   I stopped in the middle of the terminal and said: "That's it. I am never traveling by plane for the holidays with small children again." And I didn't. You can probably guess what happened after that.   The Best Thanksgiving Travel Times (and the Worst) The Boston.com piece uses data from AAA and from transportation analytics company INRIX. I've taken what they've shared and made a list of the five best and three worst Thanksgiving travel times for you below. Happy Thanksgiving and, as my Great Grampa Chapman used to say, Happy Motoring!