TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community has announced the results of a recent travel survey it conducted about Thanksgiving travel plans for residents of the United States. It found that despite the recent increase in the price of gas, there is an increase in the amount of people planning on driving this Thanksgiving, and a drop in the number of people planning on traveling by air. This information was released in a recent press release from the TripAdvisor Media Network.
The survey included 2,000 U.S. travelers. It found that 37 percent of them are planning on traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is close to the same percentage as last year according to the press release. Last year 56 percent of those who traveled for Thanksgiving did it by driving. This year that percentage is up 3 percent to 59 percent. Meanwhile the percentage of travelers using air transportation this Thanksgiving is down four percent to 37 percent when compared with 41 percent last year. When asked about why they were not traveling by air this holiday period, 10 percent of the survey members states that the recent airline problems was the reason according to the press release.
Half of the people that took the survey said their Thanksgiving travel will include trips of anywhere from 300 miles up to 3,000 miles of travel. 41 percent of the survey participants are traveling distances fewer than 300 miles. The busiest day during the Thanksgiving period is expected to be on Thanksgiving Day itself with 31 percent of the survey participants indicating they would travel that day. The next highest was 29 percent planning on traveling the day before thanksgiving.
The press release from TripAdvisor, also points out some towns throughout the country that have Thanksgiving themed names. One of this is Turkey, Texas. It was originally named Turkey Creek, but the U.S. Post office shortened it’s name to Turkey according to the press release. According to the press release, Turkey is located 5 hours northwest of Dallas, TX. You know you need a town named after a side dish for the holiday too, so you could visit Cranberry, Pennsylvania. The town was named after that cranberries that located along Brush Creek in town. This town is located northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Of course no Thanksgiving meal is complete without dessert, so TripAdvisor’s list was not complete without including a town name Pie. This is Pie Town, New Mexico, which according to the press release was named this way due to a local resident having the reputation of making popular apple pies in the 1920’s.
So, whether you are traveling by air or by car this Thanksgiving holiday, keep in mind you will be joined by many other people throughout the country doing the same thing. If you are visiting a town named after a Thanksgiving food though, you are in select company as there are only a few throughout the country.
Prnewswire.com. “Travelers Share Thanksgiving Travel Plans And TripAdvisor Offers America’s Top Thanksgiving Towns”.