Just how busy is it going to get? We have some Thanksgiving travel predictions for you.
According to Airlines for America, almost 25 million passengers are expected to fly this Thanksgiving. That’s a 1.5 percent increase over last year.
If you still haven’t booked your flight, there’s not much I can do for you. It doesn’t pay to procrastinate.
Of course, Thanksgiving is a big driving holiday: as many as 43 million travelers will be on the road. Plus, with gas prices so low, it may end up being even more this year.
My best advice is to avoid the hassle altogether. After all, what’s Thanksgiving besides an obligatory dysfunctional family get together?
But if you insist, hit the road early in the morning, or take the very first flight out.
Travel on the lightest days, which—in this case—is Thanksgiving Day and Friday. If you can extend the trip to come back on Monday, even better.
On the road, look for alternate routes, and use a tool like Waze to stay on top of accidents or closures.
Keep reading for more travel tips.