What You Can Expect For Upcoming Thanksgiving Travel
Over the river and through the woods, are you traveling outside of Southwest Florida for Thanksgiving? According to the latest predictions from Florida based AAA (American Automobile Association), 55.4 million people will be going 50 miles or more from home to celebrate the holiday. Here is more of what you can expect for upcoming Thanksgiving travel. About 4.7 million Americans will be flying. Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers has a few new airlines and several new routes to contribute to that flight data.
Here is how the numbers are shaping up. Experts are predicting an increase in travel this Thanksgiving holiday of 2.3% over last year. That might not sound like much. However, it would mark the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast since the year 2000. That is when AAA began tracking holiday travel. The number of air passengers is expected to be up by 6.6%.
With numbers like this, travel experts also have some advice to help you navigate the crowded highways and airports. Try to drive at off hours, early in the morning, later in the evening. Use navigation and travel apps to check for traffic congestion, accidents and other delays.
When flying, arrive early to the airport. Consolidate all carry-on items to speed the lines through security as well as the boarding process. If you check luggage, consider making an investment in tracking devices in case your bags do not arrive when you do. Lost luggage is a big problem for many airports and it’s not fun if it has ever happened to you.
Most of all, pack your patience. You are sharing roadways and airways with people just like you who are trying get to friends and family for the holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period encompasses five days. It is defined as beginning Wednesday, November 22 and lasting through Sunday November 26th. Enjoy your Thanksgiving travel.
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