Thanksgiving travel record despite people staying at home

According to a poll of 7,200 Americans, 50% said they would rather stay home this Thanksgiving because of high gas prices.

SAN DIEGO – San Diego International Airport was ranked the second best mid-size airport according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal.

According to AAA, San Diego is known as a top travel destination during the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to AAA, 4.5 million people in Southern California are traveling away from home.

“Despite higher gas prices and inflation, the Auto Club of California notes this is the highest trip on record, up 2% from last year,” said Doug Shupe, spokesman for AAA.

Chad Vanderman and his family are at San Diego International Airport after flying in from Kansas City.

“Well, we’ve been traveling in an RV for the past year. We’ve curbed that and we’re going to Hawaii, so we’re not spending that much on gas,” Vanderman said.

Average gas prices will be at their highest ever seasonal levels, according to GasBuddy.

In San Diego, the current price of gasoline is around $5.50 per gallon, making it the most expensive to fill up at the pump, while the national average is $3.68.

“If you’re driving on the road this holiday, it’s important to inspect your vehicle, check tire tread and pressure, make sure your battery is fully charged, check your headlights and taillights,” Shupe said.

The pandemic changed the way most families celebrated the last two Thanksgivings; some are traveling for the first time in years.

“Things look a lot more like they did before the pandemic started. Most people are ready to travel again,” Shupe said.

“This is our first time leaving home for Thanksgiving! Grandma came with me. Where I am now I can’t complain El Paso, Texas.

According to GasBuddy, 62% of Americans are not planning a Thanksgiving road trip.

According to a survey of 7,200 Americans by Gunther VW Coconut Creek, 50% said they would rather stay home this Thanksgiving due to high gas prices.

When is the best time to travel if you decide to travel?

Wednesday afternoons between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the day after Thanksgiving between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. are expected to be the busiest on the nation’s freeways.

Meanwhile, the Vanderman family says it’s all about making smart decisions before you bust your wallet.

“I think it’s difficult. You have to make some tough decisions or decide if something is worth doing and try to find a budget and find a cheaper way to do things,” Vanderman said.

Some other helpful airport tips:

  • Reserve your parking space in good time
  • Use tools like Early Bird Check-In to avoid long queues
  • Download your airline’s app to find out about changes to your itinerary

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