Thanksgiving Travel: The Best And Worst Times To Embark On Your Holiday Trip

By Malia Wooten

If you’re planning to travel for the holidays – beware, it may take longer than usual. 🚗

According to a new report from AAA,, you can save yourself the stress by staying clear from the freeways between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Reports are predicting that traffic will reach peak congestion levels in Southern California, with delays 3 1/2 times longer than it normally takes to make cross-town trips. It’s estimated that 50 million people have plans to drive at least 50 miles or more from home! The vast majority of travelers will get to their destination by automobile, which is nearly 3% more than in 2018. Approximately 4.5 million people will fly, while an additional 1.5 million travelers will go by train, bus or cruise ship.

Most of the traffic is going to be the Interstate 5, heading south through Orange County. So, if you’ve been meaning to listen to that podcasts series everyone’s talking about – now’s the time.

Though the number of people driving or flying over the weekend is expected to rise by at least 5 percent this year, LA isn’t getting the worst of it all. Cities like New York, Atlanta, and Boston are projecting to be nearly four times slower than usual.

Happy traveling Angelenos and good luck out there!

Also published on Medium.