Travel Like An Expert By Planning Around The Best And Worst Travel Times For Thanksgiving

The week before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Depending on when you have to travel you can expect to encounter miserable flight delays and/or heavy traffic on the highways.

Unless you’re Richie Rich with thick ass pockets, a private jet, and a schedule completely unencumbered from real-world constraints like work or school then chances are you have a very narrow window of days when you can actually travel for Thanksgiving. I dealt with this every year I lived in NYC and Texas.

If you work for yourself or have some measure of freedom that enables you to work remotely then picking the best travel days is either about price or ease of travel. Business Insider put together this video explaining the best days to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. So if you’ve got the flexibility to plan ahead and choose the days you travel then take notes:

According to B.I., this is all based on data from Google:

Google analyzed traffic data. It identified the best and worst times to travel. Driving?
The best time to leave is 6 a.m. on Sunday. Traffic will get progressively worse until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. 6 a.m. Friday is the best time for the trip home. After-Thanksgiving traffic peaks at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Flying? Wednesday before Turkey Day is the worst day to fly. Consider flying on Thanksgiving for cheap flights and less crowds. Sunday will be rife with delays, crowds, and frustration. If you can manage it, flying home on Monday could be much easier. (via)

If we’re being honest here, I feel like they could’ve just said ‘when planning your travel days for Thanksgiving it’s best to spread the days as far apart from Thanksgiving Thursday as possible. Leave as early as possible (both day and time), and return as late as possible. There’s nothing shittier than getting stuck in an airport for 12 hours or stuck at a standstill on the highway. So plan ahead if you can.

[h/t Business Insider]

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