Many Americans are weathering the storm of the busiest travel day of the year pretty nicely this year. Unlike many other holiday’s, Thanksgiving has the distinction of being on the same day of the week every year. So because you don’t have to worry about it it’s going to be on a weekend or weekday, that makes it that much easier for people to plan around. Therefore, its widely known that the Wednesday just before Thanksgiving Thursday, where most Americans are vying to get back home to family or to friends, sees a lot of commute. But the unfortunate thing is, like a lot of things that have been quite different this year than previous year, holiday travelling just isn’t what it used to be.
We’ve seen many things take a hit recently, homes, banks, jobs, retailers, cars, and the list goes on and on. But ultimately we can pin this recently helplessness to one thing, our economy. But now we can add one more thing to the list, holiday traveling. The problem that arises when we see a combination of all of those afore listed disasters is that people are running short on money. Without money, things become tight and sacrifices have to be made. Airports all over the Unites States are reporting hard times on a day that usually has people frustrated because there’s too many people. Airports from San Francisco, to Dallas, to Florida and Louisiana are all saying essentially the same thing, describing quiet airports with minimal traffic.
That leaves us with the ground operation. Gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in almost four years. We all have new reason to celebrate and toast to the new prices we pay at the pump nowadays. But even still, that doesn’t make it immune to the holiday traveling bug this year. Estimates from AAA have approximately 33 million people hitting the roads this four-day weekend. While that seems like a lot, that is much lower than it was last year. In fact this holiday traveling season so far is the worst since the September 11, 2001 when people were actually somewhat afraid to travel. But this year brings a whole new different fear. While automobile travel is hurt, it looks like air travel is taking a bigger hit.
Not for nothin’, but the reduced flying probably has something to do with the reduced gas prices? While we’re being forced to cut back in a lot of places, we thankfully have one break there.