More Than Half of Americans Plan to Travel This Thanksgiving Holiday, Up 46% From 2020; 62% of Drivers Cite Ongoing Pandemic as the Primary Reason


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Feb 8, 2021
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The era of remote work will allow many Americans to spend more time with family this Thanksgiving weekend. With increased flexibility, 65% of remote or hybrid workers will drive over flying to their destinations this holiday and are staying longer than usual, according to a national survey by Overall, 57% of Americans plan to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday, with 84% choosing to drive. In fact, of those planning to drive, 1 in 4 say they originally booked a flight but canceled due to factors beyond their control, such as rising rental car prices and flight disruptions.

According to senior editor Mike Hanely, “With more companies turning to permanent remote or hybrid schedules for American workers coupled with ongoing pandemic concerns, holiday travel decisions are shifting and providing a more compelling reason to drive personal vehicles over other forms of transportation. For many, the lower costs, increased flexibility and added convenience are enough to tip the scale in favor of road trips this holiday season.”

Other interesting insights from the study include:
  • More flexibility, more distance traveled. With more time to travel and a willingness to venture farther from home, more than half of respondents (58%) plan to travel farther this year for Thanksgiving than they did last year. The most popular region for travel is the South (36%).
  • Thanksgiving rush hour peaks the weekend before. With the ability to work away from the office now an option for many Americans, nearly half of respondents (48%) plan to leave the weekend prior to Thanksgiving (Friday through Sunday).
  • Precious cargo also plays a role for drivers. For drivers with children, 65% say they plan to road-trip due to the increased convenience that personal transportation provides, such as with car seats. Nearly 80% of respondents are pet owners and 39% of them will bring their pets along. Another 18% of pet owners said they typically fly but are now driving in order to bring along their animal companions.
Sep 27, 2023
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I couldn't agree more – Thanksgiving is all about family, and it's heartwarming to see so many Americans making an effort to come together, especially after the crazy year we've had. The flexibility of remote work is a game-changer, allowing us to spend quality time with our loved ones. I also plan on visiting my family and staying at the best place to stay in memphis tn. Safe travels to everyone hitting the road this Thanksgiving!