54 Million Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving

This is the highest amount to drive, fly or ride a bus or train over the holiday weekend since 2005.
November 21, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. – AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8% increase over last year. The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as today through Sunday, November 25.

The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president, in a press release. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”

Most travelers, 48.5 million, will hit the road this Thanksgiving, nearly 5% more than last year. In most cases, the best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday. Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday as most holiday travelers will be making their way home after the long weekend.