Travelers are cooking up big travel plans for Thanksgiving this year. The TripAdvisor 2013 Thanksgiving Travel Survey has revealed that almost 40% of Americans plan to travel, a 7% increase over last year. Most of them (57%) plan to hit the road, while the remainder will fly.
And the number of people traveling isn’t the only thing going up. Over 45% of travelers say that they’ll be spending more on Thanksgiving travel than in 2012.
- 14% plan to spend more than $3,000
- 21% expect to pay $1,000-$2,999
- 23% are budgeting $500-$999
Shopping malls will be crowded along with roads and runways, as 45% of U.S. respondents plan to take a Black Friday shopping trip, a 12 percent increase from those that anticipated doing so in 2012.
Check out some other fun facts from the survey…
Navigating the Stresses of Turkey Day Travel
- 70% of travelers admit to being stressed by Thanksgiving travel; travelers’ top sources of frustration: congested roadways, crowded airports / long security lines, and inclement weather
- 64% plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic
- The busiest day for Thanksgiving travel will be Wednesday, November 27 (27%)
- 16% will eat at a restaurant on Thanksgiving, with their top cited reason being to avoid cooking
- 8% of travelers will seek to relieve stress by opting to pay for an accommodation rather than stay with family and friends
Tapping Technology for Thanksgiving
57% percent of travelers plan to use a mobile device to assist their Thanksgiving travel. Among the group, 85% will turn to a smartphone, while 47% will consult their tablet.
The top five reasons travelers plan to utilize their devices:
- Check the weather (70%)
- Use navigation (51%)
- Research restaurants (40%)
- Check flight status (36%)
- Check-in to a flight (35%)
Not Everyone Staying at Mom’s
While 44% of those traveling for Thanksgiving plan to stay at the home of family or friends, 34% will hunker down in a hotel, and eight percent will rest in a vacation rental.
Most Popular Thanksgiving Destinations
The top U.S. cities travelers plan to visit:
Do you have travel plans for Thanksgiving this year? How will you navigate the weekend?