Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nearly 47 million travelers are traveling for
Turkey Day—and more than 89 percent of them are on the roads.
People across the country are getting ready to head
home—en masse—for Thanksgiving suppers.
If your plans for the holiday
involve driving, flying, or taking a train, we can guarantee one thing: you're
not alone.
With the help of some insightful numbers and statistics, however,
you may be able to avoid joining the end of an airport security line or
traffic jam.
Travel volume for the Thanksgiving holiday hasn't been this high since
2007, when 50.6 million took to the roads, skies, rails, and (for a handful of
travelers) waters.
Everyone from AAA to Google has crunched the numbers and
examined the historical data, to provide you all the stats and facts you need
to hack this holiday traffic.
Or, at least, to give you interesting numbers to
read while you're at a standstill on the interstate.
Walter Bibikow
41,900,000: The number of travelers packing up their cars and hitting the
road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
This is thanks, in part to low gas
prices—down $0.72 per gallon from last year.
The average is now $2.26.
36,100,000: How many people will be pouring into, and out of, airports
around the world.
AAA predicts that air travel will acccount for 8 percent of
Thanksgiving holiday travel this year.
1,720,000: The number of airplane seats, according to Planestats.com,
scheduled to fly on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, believe it or not, isn't the
busiest travel day in the U.S. Halloween has already won out as a busier
travel holiday, with 2.06 million seats were booked on October 31.
And the
busiest? The answer may surprise you. 60: Percent of improvement in
traffic between the Saturday after Thanksgiving and Sunday.
If you can stand
your in-laws for one more day, do it. 40: dollars saved, per trip, on
leaving on Thanksgiving, rather than the Wednesday before—according to
Google Flights.
20: Times the number of "ham shop" direction requests on Google Maps than
you'd see on a typical Wednesday. Liquor stores and pie shops were also top
Google search trends the day before Thanksgiving in 2014.
If you're running
a last minute errand—or pretending to cook—you're not alone.
10: Spots that Los Angeles lept on Google Maps' list of worst cities
for Thanksgiving traffic. Last year, this city had the craziest traffic in the
country.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia, Austin, and Miami's traffic patterns
improved.
9 out of 10: Warm or tropical international destinations that Americans
are escaping to over the holiday. Switchfly (a global tech company) found that
Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic topped the international
destination list.
England was the only cool, gloomy place to pop up on the
list. 5: The number of hours in the busiest traffic window the day
before Thanksgiving.
Still have to make the trip on Wednesday? Google Maps recommends leaving
before 2 p.m., or waiting until after 7 p.m.
Roads during the late afternoon
and early evening are likely to be a disaster.
1: the single most sensible solution for people eager to avoid
Thanksgiving cooking altogether.
The top Google search on Thanksgiving last
year was for buffet restaurants.
Bonus: Last year on Twitter, turkey was the most tweeted-about food for
the whole month of November.
Celebrity chefs tweeted advice about turkey
roaster ovens, whether or not to brine a turkey, on cooking turkey for a large
group, turkey cooking times, on spatchcocked turkey (whatever that is) and "on
using the turkey neck bone." Stuffing, potatoes, and casserole also topped the
food tweet charts last November. Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant
Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at
@melanietaryn .
This year, AAA estimates that nearly 47 million people will
travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Prepare yourself—or stay entertained
during bumper-to-bumper traffic—by checking out these shocking, interesting,
or useful facts, stats, and numbers.

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