Almost 1.5 Million Virginians Will Be Traveling For Turkey Day!

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (November 15, 2018) – AAA projects almost 1.5 million Americans in Virginia will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with the largest number of travelers choosing automobile as the favored mode of transportation.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”

The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, November 26.

 

Virginia’s 2018 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast Highlights

  • Road trip ready: 91 percent of all travelers are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 4.9 percent over last year.

  • Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel will be air travel with a 4.8 percent increase expected.

  • Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) are expected to increase slightly by 0.4 percent.

  • Fueling up: Drivers will pay the highest gas prices over the Thanksgiving holiday in four years.

In most cases, the best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday. Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday as most holiday travelers will be making their way home after the long weekend.

Gas Prices as of Nove mber 15, 2018

 

Current

 

Last Week

 

Last Month

 

Last Year

National

$2.67

$2.74

$2.89

$2.56

Virginia

$2.43

$2.49

$2.67

$2.32

Hampton Roads

$2.35

$2.42

$2.63

$2.30

 

 

For more detailed information on the Thanksgiving travel forecast, visit AAA.com/TravelCommunity.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2018 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast is available here.

 

As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.