Family greeting after Thanksgiving travel with Zipcar
November 19, 2021

How to Plan for Thanksgiving Travel 2021

Whether you go by plane, by bus, or by car, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holiday travel times in the U.S. each year. If you're driving to visit family or friends for the holidays, make sure you have a plan to make your trip stress free. 

Book Your Zipcar Ahead of Time

This year's Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 25, with many travelers likely to hit the road on Wednesday, November 24. Make sure you book your Zipcar early to beat the Thanksgiving rush. 

Rest Up 

You’ll need a good night's sleep before you hit the road. And while you're in the car, take breaks to make sure you get where you need to go safely. 

Create a Thanksgiving Playlist

Music makes every trip better, so create a playlist that reminds you of the loved ones you’ll be sharing your holiday with. If you need a break from the tunes, fire up a podcast or audiobook. 

Carpool with Family Members or Friends

If you’re headed to the same town as friends and loved ones, share the drive. You’ll help reduce the number of vehicles on the road and reduce emissions and pollution by carpooling. 

Travel When the Roads Are Quieter

Try to travel outside of peak hours, which are late afternoons and early mornings. Avoiding busy highways can reduce driver stress and make the trip go faster. On top of that, try to avoid driving overnight so you can make sure you're alert for the entire trip.

Make it an Adventure

If your schedule allows it, plan to leave early and take the scenic route. Stopping at roadside attractions is always a good idea. 

Other Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Too far to drive? You can find a great deal on flights if you avoid traveling on the busiest days. In 2020, more than 1 million travelers were cleared by airport security on Thanksgiving Eve, so the best days to travel for Thanksgiving in 2021 will be November 21 and 22. 

No matter what your Thanksgiving travel plans are, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going, and avoid the busiest travel days to make it a fun and stress-free trip