These Holiday Travel Dates Should Be Avoided At All Costs

2023-01-01 00:06:18 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Soon it will be the holiday season, and that means crowded highways and airports. Try to avoid the 2022 holiday seasons' busiest travel days if you don't want to be the last person through security or get stuck in a sea of brake lights. While it's impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of encountering large crowds, you can reduce your anxiety by carefully crafting your itinerary.

Here are some tips for saving time and money on your trip if you haven't already booked your tickets. According to data that Expedia provided to Elite Daily, you can save between 20 and 30 percent on holiday travel by postponing it until the Monday before the holidays. In most cases, you can save a lot of money and time by traveling on the actual holiday itself if you are not in a hurry. There are certain days in December that you will want to avoid due to the abundance of religious holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa).

Despite the fact that many seek warmer climes in the winter, others long for a white Christmas. Cancn, Orlando, New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas are some of the most sought after domestic vacation spots, according to Expedia. S Vacationers who travel during the colder months The Asian metropolises of Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok are on everyone's travel wish list this holiday season. Although the most popular places to welcome in the New Year are in Bangkok, Paris, and Dubai. Since you now know where most people will be, I will tell you when flying and driving will be the most hectic during the holiday season.


You probably just want a safe trip, whether you're going home for the holidays or taking a vacation. Be aware that December 24 and 25 will be the busiest departure days for Christmas vacations before you load up the sleigh. According to Expedia information provided to Elite Daily, the top three travel dates are October 17, 22, and 23, respectively. The most hectic time to get back into the swing of things is the day after Christmas, on December 26. Twenty-six, as reported by Expedia Take a look at these variations that occur depending on how you plan to travel!

When airports will be the most crowded (when to avoid flying):

Don't ruin the most wonderful time of the year by scrambling around the last two days before Christmas to book a flight. December's KAYAK report The most popular day to travel before Christmas is December 23. Remember that December is a long way off Day 22 is anticipated to be equally hectic.

When traffic is likely to be heavy (bad times to drive):

As of Nov While predictions for December 10, 2022, are not yet available, the 2021 trends from AAA's Travel Forecast showed that Christmas Day, Dec. 25 It's expected that the busiest hours will be from 12 pm to 6 pm. m on Dec

m on Dec 24 The best time to hit the road is after 7 p.m. m on Dec Ahead of Monday, April 23, at 1 p. m on Dec 24

When to Expect Crowded Train Platforms

Assuming current patterns continue, the busiest days for train stations around Christmas will be on or around December 23 and 24. 17 to Dec In December 2021, Marc Magliari, Amtrak's PR manager for government affairs and corporate communications, told Elite Daily that the company was planning to increase the minimum age for passengers to board to

The Week of Hanukkah Is Peak Travel Season

In 2015, the Star News of Wilmington, North Carolina reported that roughly one in fourteen Americans celebrate Hanukkah. Hanukkah 2018 is scheduled for the nights of December 18-26 Overall, December will be the busiest month for travel around Hanukkah. According to Expedia, the last day of the festival is December 26.

When airports will be most crowded:

During the Jewish Holiday of Lights, many people plan to take to the air. KAYAK reported that December 23 and 24 will be the busiest days for flying during Hanukkah. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — keep it that way by avoiding last-minute travel two days before Christmas Day

When traffic is likely to be heavy:

On the first and last days of Hanukkah, you should have no trouble getting there. According to AAA's 2021 Trip Planner, the best time to travel back is on December Twenty-seven before noon m in order to get around the congestion Between 4 and 6 pm, you can expect the most traffic. m


Travelers for both Christmas and Hanukkah will be seen at Amtrak stations beginning on December 22, just as Hanukkah begins. 17 to Dec based on Magliari's 2021 numbers,


The memorial begins on December 1 and continues until January 2. 26 to Jan 1 It is expected that the week of December 26 will be the busiest for travel related to Kwanzaa, as it falls between the end of the holiday season and the beginning of the new year. As of 26 September, Expedia announced While Jan Most investors favor options 2, 3, and 1 in that order for their returns.

If you want to avoid the crowds at the airport, you should avoid flying at these times:

Flight booking website KAYAK predicted that the busiest days of Kwanzaa would be on the 25th and 26th of December. People are trying to beat the holiday travel rush by leaving on December 22, 23, and 26.

When traffic is likely to be heavy:

Transport on the evening of December 26th, the night before Kwanzaa festivities begin If December 26 is anything like December 25 was, it will be a breeze. 25, as predicted by AAA in 2021 Since traffic is likely to be heavier between 1 and 7 p.m. on the first day of Kwanzaa, Umoja (which literally translates to "unity"), it is best to avoid driving on that day if you can. m On January 1, the festivities will come to an end. If you dial the number 1 for "Imani," which means "faith," traffic will be light. Contrarily, Jan Between the hours of 2 and 6 p. m Travelers should leave no later than 1 p. m


On December there will be less people on trains and prices will go down. 25th, one day prior to Kwanzaa, after the Christmas holiday travel rush has died down. On the other hand, on Dec. 26 and Jan According to Wanderu, number one has increased prices.

This is the busiest travel period for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Most people head back to work and school on the day after New Year's Eve, making January 1 a popular travel day for those who want to get away before getting back into the swing of things. According to Expedia, those are numbers 2, 3, and 1 Waiting out the first few days of 2023 to get a jump on your New Year's resolutions is an option if you have some time to kill while you wait for travel to calm down.

If you want to avoid the crowds at the airport, you should avoid flying at these times:

There's nothing worse than missing the final minutes of 2017 waiting in an airport terminal. Most people will be on the move in the days leading up to New Year's Eve, specifically on Dec. Specifically, December 28 and 29, and also December The 30th and 31st are likely to be less hectic. Following the New Year's celebrations on January 1, it's time to head back to normal life as soon as possible. Jan. 1, when business is likely to be lighter than in January. 2

When traffic is expected to be heavy (when driving is most hazardous):

For the year 2021, AAA predicted that New Year's Eve traffic would begin as early as three days before December 31. December 31 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. m from Dec 28-30 Don't drive between 2 and 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve. m and New Year's Eve should go off with nary a hiccup.


Magliari told Elite Daily that January 1, 2021, will be the busiest day of the year for train stations based on 2021 ticket sales trends. 2 If stress-free travel is one of your New Year's resolutions, you might want to avoid January 1st.

It's important to double-check everything before you leave, so don't forget to pack up your things just yet. For the sake of efficiency, Expedia suggests leaving for the airport at least three hours before your flight is scheduled to depart. In order to speed through security, travelers can check in their luggage, sign up for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR, and use these other time-saving measures. If you want to be ready for delays or cancellations, book a flexible flight with no change fees. You'll soon be ready to celebrate the holidays now that you know all the ins and outs

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