Get ready for busy roadways during Thanksgiving and winter breaks. The vast majority of travelers (72%) said they will drive to their destinations. Forty-four percent are planning to travel by air.
The holidays don't come cheap. The Travel Channel research showed that nearly one-third (28%) are planning to spend in excess of $500 on the trip.
Many (27%) are traveling with family, while one in 10 travelers will head to a vacation destination with a significant other or friends.
Mariel Clark, vice president of digital video and editorial for the Travel Channel, provided a number of tips.
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For families traveling in groups, she advises keeping options open:
"When traveling with a large group or multiple generations, not everyone will be interested in the same activities. Be sure to allow for some time to divide and conquer, giving everyone the space for their must-see activities," she said.
Involving older kids in travel plans is also a smart move, Clark noted.
"If traveling with a teenager, make them a stakeholder in the trip by having them pick activities they'll enjoy, too," she said.
Streamlining your gear is a good way to make traveling with small children a breeze.
"If traveling with a young child, downsize your bulky stroller for a simple umbrella stroller to travel — it's easier to carry, tote and pack," Clark said.
"Pack by outfits, especially for younger kids," she added. "Try coordinating pants, shirts, underwear and socks in a stack together with PJs. Repeat for the number of days in the trip and add extras, like jackets, as needed."
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