Whether it’s seeing family, escaping family or simply not wasting an entire day in the kitchen, the reasons to hit the road for Turkey Day are as copious as the amount of food you’re likely to consume at the big feast. To learn what’s driving traveler behavior for the holidays, Cars.com conducted a nationwide survey regarding consumers’ Thanksgiving plans.
Out of over 1,800 respondents, 61% plan to travel, 80% are choosing to drive to their destination and many are sticking within 50 miles of home. The reasons for these travel choices and other considerations travelers face as they pack up their families (and cars) follow below.
Not Straying Far
While it may come as a surprise that only 15% of respondents are flying for Thanksgiving while 80% are hitting the road, those numbers make sense given the fact that most travelers aren’t planning a cross-country trip for the holiday. Out of the respondents who plan to travel, 40% are traveling within 20 miles of home and another 25% are traveling between 21 and 50 miles.
For those who are staying put for Thanksgiving, tradition and higher costs are the biggest motivating factors. 58% of respondents said they don’t typically travel for Thanksgiving, and 24% attribute higher gas costs or rising daily expenses as the main reasons to celebrate at home. Even as average gas prices have dropped nearly 25% from their record highs over the summer, according to AAA’s price tracker, travel costs and rising inflation are proving to be a challenge for some.