Students Preparing for Thanksgiving Face Travel Woes According to New Infographic

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With Halloween officially kicking off the holiday season, college students are budgeting and mapping out their travel itineraries in order to take a break from their studies and relax at home with their families. However, with 40 percent of students traveling this November, many of them will face some not-so-relaxing situations like crowded airports and budget shortfalls that make you wonder—is the Turkey Day Trek worth it?

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Being home for the holidays is very important for both students and their families., a definitive digital resource for education, announced the launch of its most recent feature in its ongoing interactive content series: “Tracking the Turkey Day Trek” which gives students a look what travel statistics they’re up against this holiday season. While the graphic details how more students travel during Spring Break than Thanksgiving, it also reports that 57 percent of them will be dropping $1,200 this school year on travel expenses alone.

“Being home for the holidays is very important for both students and their families,” said spokesperson Seth Restaino. “Unfortunately holiday travel is expensive and stressful, but in the end, the time spent at home cooking, eating or watching the Macy’s Day Parade with family makes little travel mishaps seem irrelevant.”

Though many of the busiest airports around the United States , such as Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles International, will see more traffic than usual this coming November, most Thanksgiving travelers prefer to hit the road. In fact, more than 90 percent of people making their way home for the holidays will commute a one-way average of 50 to 99 miles on the road.

“I’ve experienced some real airport horror-stories myself so I’m not surprised that so many people are choosing to drive home instead of fly,” said Restaino. “In addition, driving is much more cost-effective for students and makes it easier for them to transfer Thanksgiving leftovers and Black Friday shopping bags home.”

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