Set the date, as Thanksgiving is set to hit 2016 on November 24. A great time for families to come together and give thanks for the year that has passed and the year yet to come, Thanksgiving is also a great time to travel. Here are some of the best tips on where to go this thanksgiving, and surviving the holiday rush.
1. Don't pack dinner- Try your best not to take the Thanksgiving dinner with you on your flight. According to Travel and Leisure, TSA will confiscate several food items including Turkey day shots, gravy boats and cranberry sauce. It is much wiser to prepare or buy the food upon arriving at your destination. Anyway, most airlines will have a special Thanksgiving menu for their in-flight meals, so you can still enjoy turkey and peas while on your flight. Click here to find out how to enjoy better airplane food.
2. Wise up with some road trip apps- Aside from avoiding being on the road between 3-5pm, the busiest time during Thanksgiving, travelers would do well to download some helpful apps. GasBuddy helps drivers locate stations along your chosen route and catalogs prices, ensuring you save every penny. Uber and Lyft are also good alternatives to driving yourself, and Roadie Community allows drivers to deliver packages to where they're going for some extra cash.
In addition, Amtrak is a great alternative to the road trip. This is because the service reaches over 500 destinations in the country and is not subject to holiday traffic accidents. Some might even be lucky enough to get the unexpected perk of Amtrak's Red Cap service which is free of charge.
3. Stay in America- A good old fashioned road trip would be great to cities like Santa Fe, Santa Barabara, New Orleans, Orlando, and Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, Charleston is a great place for a laidback Thanksgiving, as Black Friday shopping is more civilized, according to Fodors Travel. Travelers can check out the small shops on King Street or the busy City Market, which is open until 10:30 pm during the holidays. In addition, Charleston has a great Holiday Festival of Lights and Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble to keep visitors and locals entertained. Click here to find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals this 2016.
4. See a different culture in Europe- If you're not in the mood to visit family and experience awkward turkey dinners, maybe Europe would be a better option. Many European cities are at this time beginning to start opening their Christmas markets, with some of the really good ones at Munich and Brussels. In fact Germany is one country that totally goes all out during Christmas. With over 80 markets spread across Munich, try the stalls at Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt. Click here for the top five things to know before visiting Munich.
5. Get isolated on a private island- For those who want to avoid the holiday crowd, the weather is great in Aruba, the Cayman Islands, Tulum in Mexico, and Hawaii. The best thing about spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii is that the temperature is excellent, and it's a pretty quiet time for tourists, giving travelers free reign of the islands. In addition, many restaurants and hotels in Hawaii offer a traditional Thanksgiving day dinner for you and your family. Click here to read about the five islands you've never heard about but should visit now.
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