More people plan to travel this Thanksgiving despite increased costs

BY newsdesk  November 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM EDT

This year more Americans are hitting the road and traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, but they’re also paying a higher price for it.

TripAdvisor recently released its 2013 Thanksgiving Travel Survey, which showed that nearly four in ten Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving, a 7% increase from 2012.

Almost half of those surveyed also said their travel is more expensive this year. 45% of travelers said they are spending more on their travel compared to 2012, with 58% indicating that they will spend over $500.

The day before Thanksgiving will be the busiest travel day for Americans, with 27% reporting that they plan to travel on Wednesday, November 27.

“As more than a quarter of travelers plan to depart the day before Thanksgiving, travelers with flexible schedules will be best served leaving Tuesday or earlier,” Brook Ferencsik, TripAdvisor’s director of communications, told The Wall Street Journal.

A busy travel day is one thing that will be frustrating most travelers around Thanksgiving. 70% of the survey’s respondents said Thanksgiving travel is stressful due to “congested roadways, crowded airports, long security lines, and inclement weather.” The roads may become quite congested, with the majority of travelers saying they plan to drive to their destination.

TripAdvisor also looked at where people will be traveling this holiday, and the number one destination spot was New York City. Major cities including Chicago, Washington, D.C, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco also topped the list.

H/T Bridget Bowman