Every year, the weekend of Thanksgiving is listed among the busiest travel days in the country. In fact, most studies show it to be the busiest travel day of all. Airport security lines wrap from terminal to terminal and prices exceed expert predictions. It’s a testament to America’s love for family (and pumpkin pie) that we are willing to travel home for a few days. But there is an alternative…
While planes are packed, roadways are left less traveled. Road tripping for Thanksgiving offers many benefits that you may not have considered:
Flying with a family during the Thanksgiving holiday is not cheap. In fact, fares are known to reach six or even ten times their normal rates. Your car, on the other hand, doesn’t charge per seat and allows you to bring as much luggage as you can stuff in the trunk. Gasoline prices fluctuate by a matter of cents on the gallon and won’t gouge you for last second schedule changes, making road trip travel cheaper in almost every way. Not to mention the savings of having your own car when you reach your destination avoids the added cost of a rental car.
Spend Time with Family
Road tripping with family is a far more intimate experience. It’s an opportunity to connect with the people that are most important to you. Bond over car stereo karaoke, storytelling and quiet games of “I spy.”
Get More from Your Travel
When you travel by road, you get to pick the stops. If you have the time, plan a few detours to eat great food and see amazing landmarks. Doesn’t that sound a little better than an airport layover?
With so many people crowding the airport at one time, the propensity to airborne illness is increased. It doesn’t help that fall is prime season for cold and flu. Your car is a haven from germs that will help you stay happy and energetic for that turkey trot you have been training for.
Take control of your schedule and travel decisions. Choosing to take to the road for your Thanksgiving travel puts you in the driver’s seat (get it?). Not only do you have the freedom to create your own itinerary, you will have your own car when you arrive at your destination. Isn’t freedom what travel is all about?
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