Make your Thanksgiving travel plans easier with Google


Planning on traveling for Thanksgiving this year? Well, you might just want to check out this insightful data that Google pulled from its Maps service, as it’ll give you a look into some of the busiest airports and worst days to travel for this upcoming holiday.

Details after the break.

Google, pulling its information from historical Google Maps traffic data, put some handy infographics together as to when it’s best to hit the road or head to the airport.

If you plan by traveling by car, Google Maps’ traffic data trends says it best to leave by 6 a.m. local time on November 20. In contrast, leaving on November 23 by 3 p.m. local time is the worst time to leave. In fact, you’ll often run into a traffic gridlock if you leave the day before Thanksgiving.


On the other hand, the worst day to return home is on November 26, a couple days after Thanksgiving. But, the best day to return home is early in the morning on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving.

If you’re flying, the infographic below will tell you the busiest airports in the US and what times to get to avoid the chaos. As Google notes, it’s always good to get to the airport early, as they can be up to 60 percent worse than a normal workday.


By following the information Google has been able to pull from its Google Maps traffic data, you should have a mostly peaceful trip to visiting friends and family this Thanksgiving.

source: Google

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