Ohio Prepares for Highest Thanksgiving Travel Volume in 12 Years

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People all over America travel for the holiday season, and 2017 will be no different. What will be different is the number of people taking the roads, skies, and railways compared to recent years. An estimated 50.9 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving this year. That number will equate to 1.6 million MORE people travelling than last year. As you hit the road or head to the airport on your way to Grandma’s house this year, it’s safe to say that your travel could take as much as three times the expected time, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Travel Spending

A healthy economy is the driving force in AAA’s prediction that this year’s holiday travel will be especially busy. Thanks to the cheapest airfare rates in the past 4 years, more Americans will be traveling by air as well. Some 3.95 million people expect to hop a flight this year to travel for the holiday. The average rate of ticket prices this year will be around $157, which represents nearly a 23% drop in airfare prices. If you are driving, AAA says that U.S. drivers should expect higher gas prices with the rates sneaking back up to 2014 prices, with the November national average coming in at $2.54 per gallon. If you’re staying at a hotel over the weekend, you should also expect higher room rates for the higher rated rooms and lower room rates for the lower rated ones. Daily car rentals will also see a big uptick from last year and are averaging $70 per day, a 34% increase over last Thanksgiving.

Best Time to Travel

If it’s not your first time traveling for Thanksgiving in Ohio, you probably know that Wednesday after 5pm isn’t the best time to leave the house, but it may surprise you that Tuesday afternoon is also one of the worst days to travel. If you are driving, the greatest amount of congestion is during the early evenings, so consider leaving a little earlier or a little later this year if you hate sitting in traffic.

It’s safe to say that this year Ohio, like most states in the U.S., will see record level travel delays. Being prepared and planning your trip will make it much more comfortable, and ensure that you arrive safely at your destination.

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