November 26, 2008
For the first time in more than five years, fewer Americans will be traveling this holiday – 41 million, down 600,000 from last Thanksgiving, according to the Automobile Association of America.
According to the AAA, 4.54 million people are expected to fly during the long holiday weekend, which is down 7.2 percent less than the 4.89 million who did the same last year.
The economy is largely attributed to this slowdown, with relatively higher airfares along with fees and surcharges.
While there is a lot of focus on the media, I think another deterrent is simply that it is unpleasant to travel by air with frustrated passengers lending an air of hostility to jam-packed, food-less, possibly-delayed flights.
I shouldn’t sound negative. Because I am, after all, prepared to travel for turkey.
Whether you’re hitting the road, rails, air or simply walking into your dining room, have a very happy Thanksgiving.