Thanksgiving Travel Survey: Travel Costs Impacting Nearly One-Third of Americans

This week, thousands of Americans will travel to see friends and family for Thanksgiving. Whether by train, plane, or personal vehicle, these travels have been impacted by things like gas prices and rising travel costs for many of these Americans. How many plan on still traveling for Thanksgiving this year? And how many plans have been impacted by these factors?

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Thanksgiving Travel

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 35% of respondents said they have never traveled more than an hour to celebrate Thanksgiving. 7% said they always travel for Thanksgiving. 45% said they sometimes travel for Thanksgiving. And 12% said that they have gone out of town to visit family or friends for Thanksgiving one time.

This year, 18% of Americans said they definitely plan to travel for Thanksgiving. 11% said they might go see friends or family for Thanksgiving this year. And 72% said they don’t plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year.

Means of Travel

Of those who plan to travel this year, 67% said they plan to travel by car or personal vehicle. 14% said they plan to travel by airplane. 8% said they will take a bus. And 7% said they plan to travel by train for their Thanksgiving travels this year.

Impacting Plans

Overall, 31% of respondents said that gas prices and rising travel costs have impacted their Thanksgiving plans this year. Of those who said they always travel for Thanksgiving, 48% said that these factors have impacted their plans this year. And of those who aren’t traveling for Thanksgiving this year, 27% said that gas prices and travel costs had an impact on that decision.

22% said that other factors like traffic and long lines have impacted their travel plans for this Thanksgiving. 38% of those who always travel said that these factors impacted their plans this year. And 19% of those who aren’t traveling for Thanksgiving this year said that traffic and long lines had an impact on that decision.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on November 17 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.