The dreadful countdown to Thanksgiving chaos is just days away, and whether traveling near or far, your commute is likely to be slowed by traffic.Thankfully, we’ve gone digging through Google Map analytics to help you find the best times to beat traffic this holiday season. Here are some tips to help reach the candied yams a bit faster this year.
THE WORST TIME TO LEAVE
By far, the busiest time to hit the road for Thanksgiving travel is the Wednesday before after 4 p.m. If you’re in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, or Portland, the time is the same. Get an early start if possible or …
THE BEST TIME TO LEAVE
To depart at the ideal time, which is laughably early, Google Maps says you should be on the road before 3 a.m. Leaving before dawn will just about guarantee you running into traffic on your commute, but you’re still likely to be fine long as you’re on the road before 4 p.m.
THE BEST TIME TO RETURN
If you’re not doing a weekend at your holiday destination, your best bet is getting back on the road early again. A 4 a.m. roll out
You don’t have to take our word for it. You can check out more Thanksgiving travel data here. Happy holidays. Make sure you charge those earbuds to drown out all those conversations you don’t wanna have.
Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.