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Do These Things if You Are Traveling For Thanksgiving

Features & Advice Janeen Christoff November 23, 2016

Do These Things if You Are Traveling For Thanksgiving

PHOTO: Don't be late for Thanksgiving dinner. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock

Thanksgiving travel is not something anyone looks forward to but — when all is said and done — spending time with family is something to be thankful for. 

But no matter how you slice it, getting there isn’t going to be pretty, notes ABC News, which has some tips for how to navigate the chaos. 

“Stand-still traffic, train delays and long lines at airport security are the tried-and-true excuses for a late arrival at grandma's, so here are a few tips for getting there safely before the turkey gets cold,” writes Jeffrey Cook. 

Cook’s first suggestion is not to ignore the warning about getting to the airport early.

“The Transportation Security Administration is expecting more passengers at airport checkpoints than ever before, but Administrator Peter Neffenger told ABC News' David Kerley the agency is prepared to keep you safe and moving on time,” reports Cook.

The busiest day is expected to be Sunday, Nov. 27.

Planning ahead if you are driving is also key to staying sane. 

“The navigation app Waze analyzed the data it collected last year and found Thanksgiving Day had the least amount traffic, particularly in the morning,” Cook points out.

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If you are traveling by train, you also need to arrive early, says Amtrak. 

“Amtrak is expecting more than 751,000 customers this year, so it is asking riders to arrive early and monitor train schedules via its online page. Amtrak also urges passengers to report anything suspicious or unattended bags. See something, say something,” writes Cook. 

For more tips for staying sane when traveling for the holidays, read on here.