American Travel Planners Say Following a Few Rules of the Road Will Keep Holiday Travelers Safe and On Time

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A premiere travel club, American Travel Planners’ experts offer travel tips to follow before hitting the road or runways during Thanksgiving week, provides members with expert travel planning

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Holiday travel is a great American tradition and one American Travel Planners encourages. And in spite of weather, long lines and traffic, Thanksgiving is still our favorite time to visit family.

Thanksgiving week ushers in the holiday vacation season and next week travel will be in full swing. More families than ever are predicted to journey 50 or more miles from home beginning this weekend, and American Travel Planners’ vacation club experts say by following a few simple rules your vacation will be a smooth one.

With the number of people hitting the road this Thanksgiving projected to climb for the fourth year in a row, giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, airport or train station is important to getting your trip off to a good start. Close to 44 million Americans will travel this week and around 40 million will use the family car. Highways will be crowded and airline lines could be long. Planning ahead could help alleviate stress, long lines and traffic delays.

“Thanksgiving travel hit a low in 2008 and the numbers have been slowly increasing since then. This year will be a big one for holiday travel and with gas prices falling below $3 in many areas, and airline fees increasing by the day, many travelers will take the car to mom’s house this year,” said Cecile Darsey, spokesperson for American Travel Planners.

“If you are a member of American Travel Planners’ vacation club we can help you with any travel plans you might have. From hotel reservations to rental cars to airline tickets and more we are the travel experts and a full-service travel agency with access to the best resorts and pricing in the industry,” she said.

“We encourage our members and all travelers to plan ahead. A few simple things like leaving a day earlier than planned, making sure all your reservations are made, your boarding passes are printed and you have your house secure will give you a head start. Make a list and check off what needs to be done,” Darsey said. “And if you can avoid it do not plan to travel on Wednesday before Thanksgiving because almost 50 percent of folks headed out of town will leave that day.”

Other things to do before leaving will ensure the trip is safe and uneventful include having the car checked to be sure the tires have good treads and tire pressure, wiper blades are working and battery connections are clean. A few minutes getting the oil changed and the car check over by a mechanic will ensure a smooth ride.

But for travelers headed to the local airport good planning will make this process easier and keep flyers out of long lines.

“We recommend arriving at the airport two hours before your flight. This seems like a long time, but with the expected long lines at security check points arriving early is a good thing. Have your boarding passes already printed and your bags packed properly and clearly marked with your information. If possible, make sure everyone in your travel group has some essentials in a small carry-on bag just in case you arrive before your bags. Make sure you have nothing in your carry-on that is prohibited and be sure all your prescriptions are in their bottles, clearly marked with your name. And be prepared to wait,” Darsey said.

According to Darsey, weather reports say some delays should be expected based on reports from various weather sources. In the Midwest a weak storm system could bring snow or rain by Wednesday, and on the East Coast, a nor'easter could form over the western Atlantic by Sunday, bringing rain and wind to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through at least the middle of the week. The Pacific Northwest and Northern California could see rain, snow and winds.

“Holiday travel is a great American tradition and one American Travel Planners encourages,” said Darsey. “And in spite of weather, long lines and traffic, Thanksgiving travel is still our favorite.”

About American Travel Planners – American Travel Planners is a members-only travel club with corporate offices in Washington, D.C., and additional offices along the East and West Coast. Members enjoy access to world-class resorts, cruises, golf courses, and a variety of tours and other amenities at wholesale pricing. The company offers concierge service and consultants who are experts in the field of travel. E-mail customerservice(at)americantravelplanners(dot)com for more information or visit


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