6 Tips for Low-Stress Thanksgiving Travel

Turkey trotting. Turkey stuffing. Turkey carving. Thanksgiving traditions bring us together—and this year, many people will be reuniting with loved ones they didn’t get to celebrate with in 2020.  But a return to holiday travel can also mean a return to the stress that comes along with it. To help, I’ve rounded up six tips that can mitigate the potential stressors associated with traveling during the busy holiday season.  1. Fly on off-peak days  According to recent TripIt data, the busiest days for Thanksgiving flight departures will be the Friday (14% of departures), Saturday (15%), Tuesday (16%), and Wednesday (17%) before Thanksgiving—making the Sunday, Monday, and Thanksgiving Day itself the most desirable days to fly if you’re looking to avoid crowds.  Read more: TripIt Data: Thanksgiving 2021 Travel Volume Nearly Triple 2020 2. Plan ahead for long lines at airport security  Recent data from TripIt also shows that some airports will be busier than others for Thanksgiving travel. If you’re planning to fly to, through, or from one of these airports, you’ll want to plan ahead for long lines and crowds:  San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Denver International Airport (DEN) Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Chicago …

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