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Thanksgiving Travel Tips

The holidays are always hectic, but Thanksgiving in particular is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Whether you’re flying across the country to see your family, or driving to a nearby city to have turkey dinner with a friend, navigating through holiday traffic can be stressful. At WorldTravelService®, we know a thing or two about traveling, and have come up with the following tips to help you safely get where you’re going this Thanksgiving:

Flying Tips:

  • Pack Light – Most airlines charge extra for checked bags, so try to fit everything into carry-on luggage. Not to mention, you’ll avoid the dreaded baggage claim and the risk of your belongings getting lost or damaged.
  • Arrive Early – During the holiday season, and particularly during Thanksgiving, flights are packed. If you miss your flight, your chances of getting another flight to your destination are unlikely. Wake up early and get to the airport with plenty of time to spare.
  • Book Early – Last minute booking around Thanksgiving is not a great idea for many reasons. With most people trying to book for the same travel dates, flights get booked up earlier than usual and costs begin to surge as the holidays approach. It’s better to start looking for flights as early as possible.
  • Study Airport Maps – Study a map of all the airports you’ll be traveling through this Thanksgiving, especially if you have layovers or are flying into an unfamiliar city. Knowing where the bathrooms, restaurants and departure gates are located will make your life so much easier during your trip or connection.
  • Travel on Thanksgiving – Flights the day before a big holiday are expensive. If at all possible, consider traveling on Thanksgiving Day this year, instead of the Wednesday before. The airport will be less crowded, and you can often save big bucks on tickets.

Driving Tips:

  • Leave Early – Traffic gets brutal around 3 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If you leave during the early hours of the morning, you will bypass a lot of congestion on the roads.
  • Use a Traffic App – If you’re traveling through a big city, check traffic conditions before leaving for your trip. You can plan your route accordingly to avoid the headache of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
  • Charge Electronics – Make sure your phone is charged before you begin your journey. You never know when you’re going to need it to find a gas station, or to help you navigate through unfamiliar cities along the way. It’s a good idea to invest in a car charger just to be safe.
  • Bring a Snack – You want to be sure you’ve packed enough snacks (and water) to get you through your road trip without having to make frequent stops. Plus, you’ll save money by bringing your own food from home. Eating all your meals for the day at fast food joints can get pricey.
  • Check Your Vehicle – Not only do you want to fill your tank before leaving, but also take your vehicle to an auto shop for a quick inspection. Make sure your fluids and tire pressure are on point to avoid breaking down in an unfamiliar town. Nothing will ruin your Thanksgiving plans like being stranded on the side of the road.

Book Your Thanksgiving Travel with WorldTravelService®

Booking early will save you money and secure your spot, so you don’t have to worry about hotels and flights being unavailable. For help planning and booking your Thanksgiving travel, contact WorldTravelService® online or call us at 800-676-3796 to speak to an experienced travel agent!

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