By AAA Travel Editor Katie Broome
November 09, 2021
Planning to hit the highway or take to the skies this Thanksgiving week? You’re not alone.
More than 53 million Americans are expected to travel during the November holiday this year, according to AAA’s 2021 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast released this week.
The forecast represents a near return to pre-pandemic levels for the Thanksgiving travel season — just 2.6 million travelers shy of numbers from 2019. And how are most travelers planning to get to Thanksgiving dinner this year?
By car — by far.
Traveling by car tops the list as the most popular way to travel this year, with more than 90 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers planning to hit the road to get from here to there. According to AAA, the number of estimated road trippers — 48.3 million Americans — represents an increase of 8.4 percent over numbers seen in 2020.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans planning to travel during Thanksgiving break, expect to face more crowds than you’ve seen in a while on roads and in airports.
Before you pack up the car, put on your stretchy pants and get ready to reunite with friends and family, keep these helpful travel tips in mind.