Whether you are hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, driving to grandma’s house or flying across the country, this infographic breaks down the best days to travel and what you can do with all the leftover turkey.
More Thanksgiving Fun Facts and Stats
In 2018, 54.3 million Americans were predicted to travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving.
Why do they travel?
40% travel to have dinner with family
4% travel to have dinner with friends
How far do they go?
50 miles or more on average
Where do they go?
The 5 most popular cities to travel to for the holiday are:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
How do they get there?
Roughly 30.6 million will travel by airplane and 48.5 million travel by car.
When do they leave?
45% of flyers leave on Wednesday before Thanksgiving – the busiest travel day
57% of flyers plan to depart on Sunday, the busiest day to leave
64% plan to travel during off-peak hours to avoid heavy traffic
How much do they spend on traveling?
$379 is the average domestic airfare
What about the food?
242,500,000 turkeys are raised in the U.S. each year
45,000,000 turkeys are eaten for Thanksgiving dinner
How much is spent on the feast?
$48.90 is the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people
$21.71 is the average cost of a 16 lb. turkey
$75 or more is the average for a ready-to-eat meal from a grocery store
If you’re one of the many Americans traveling this Thanksgiving, consider Nationwide travel insurance to protect you and your family from the unexpected.