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Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

Features & Advice Janeen Christoff November 10, 2016

Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers

PHOTO: Braving the airports this Thanksgiving can be easy. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock) 

It’s the busiest travel season of the year and it doesn’t matter how you get to where you are going, the flights, roads and trains are going to be packed this year, says Epoch Times

“Travel industry group Airlines for America predicts that 27.3 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines this Thanksgiving season, up 2.5 percent from last year. The heaviest travel days are expected to be: Sunday, Nov. 27; Monday, Nov. 28; and Wednesday, Nov. 23, in that order according to the report,” writes Barbara Danza. 

U.S. roads will also carry 42 million passengers says the AAA. So how do you combat the masses? 

One of the best things you can do, says Danza, is to prepare early. 

“Whether considering when to book a flight, when to start packing, when to load up the car, when to map out your route, give yourself a ton of extra time by diving in as early as possible,” she says. 

She also says traveling at odd times could mean fewer crowds. 

“Thanksgiving Day sees dramatically less air passengers than the day before. Is an early morning flight an option for you? It may be something to consider,” Danza suggests. “Traveling through the night can also be an interesting idea for families journeying by car.”

  READ MORE: Airlines Expect 2.5 Percent Rise in Thanksgiving Travel in 2016  

Another tip: Be patient. 

“Things can go awry when tens of millions of people do something all at once. Cancellations, weather delays, general congestion, accidents, lost items, forgotten items, messes, crying children, loud noises, and so on, you may run into any number of unpleasant things along your travels,” she says. 

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