These Holiday Travel Dates Should Be Avoided At All Costs

2023-01-01 00:05:15 - 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.

Those who celebrate the winter holidays will soon be bracing for crowded highways and airport terminals. You should try to avoid the busiest travel days for the 2022 holidays if you don't want to be rushed through security or stuck in a sea of brake lights. You might not be able to steer clear of crowds entirely, but you can reduce your anxiety levels by carefully crafting your schedule.

Here are some tips for saving money and time on your trip if you haven't already booked your tickets. According to data that Expedia provided to Elite Daily, you can save 20-30% on average if you postpone your holiday trip until the Monday before. Traveling on the holiday itself can save you a lot of money and time if you aren't in a rush. Due to the abundance of December holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, there are some days you will want to avoid.

Some people prefer to spend the holiday season in a warm climate, but others long for a white Christmas. Cancn, Orlando, New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas are among Expedia's top picks for closest U. S Visitors during the Holiday Season Travel destinations like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam are on the wish lists of people all over the world. Though the New Year's Eve celebrations in Bangkok, Paris, and Dubai are among the most popular worldwide, Based on where people will be spending the holidays, we can reveal the busiest times to take to the skies or the open road this season.


Whether you're returning home for the holidays or taking a trip, all you really want for Christmas is trouble-free travels. Holiday travelers, before you load up the sleigh, know that December 23 and 24 will be the busiest departure days. Expedia data shared with Elite Daily shows that the top three travel dates in 2017 were 17, 22, 23, and 16. The day after Christmas, on December 26th, is the busiest time to return home with your stockings and suitcases full of presents. 26 years old, as reported by Expedia The following is how it varies with the mode of transportation you choose:

Periods of Peak Airport Activity (When to Avoid Flying):

Keep the holiday spirit alive by not booking any last-minute flights in the two days leading up to Christmas Day. According to a December report by KAYAK, Christmas Eve, December 23, is traditionally the busiest travel day. Remember that December is a long way off There should be no letup in activity on February 22.

When Traffic Is Badest (Worst Times To Drive):

As of Nov While forecasts for December 10, 2022, year-end holiday traffic are not yet available, trends from 2021 AAA's Travel Forecast showed that the best time to avoid congestion on the roads is on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 Most customers will visit between 12 pm and 6 pm m on Dec 23, and 2-6 p m on Dec 24 After 7 p.m. is when you should hit the road if you have to. m on Dec 23 by 1 p.m., at the latest m on Dec 24

How to Predict a Busy Day at the Train Station

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 public relations manager for government affairs and corporate communications, told Elite Daily that the company was planning to increase fares to $19.

When to Avoid Traveling During Hanukkah

According to a 2015 article published by the Star News in Wilmington, North Carolina, approximately one in fourteen Americans observe Hanukkah. It is expected that the holiday of Hanukkah will be celebrated this year between the dates of December 26 and January 1. 18-26 December will be the busiest month for travel in general due to Hanukkah. According to Expedia, the last day of the festival is December 26.

Periods of Peak Airport Activity (When to Avoid Flying):

During the Jewish Festival of Lights, many people plan to take to the air. According to KAYAK, the busiest days for flying during Hanukkah are on December 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 Bad (Worst Times To Drive):

Traveling to Hanukkah festivities on the first and last days should be easy. The AAA 2021 Travel Prediction suggests you make the trip back on December Ahead of 1pm, 27 m Getting out of the way of traffic There will be the most traffic between the hours of 4 and 6 p. m


From December 21st, when Hanukkah begins, through January 2nd, when Christmas ends, Amtrak stations will be bustling with holiday travelers. 17 to Dec based on Magliari's 2021 numbers,


Beginning on December 1st, a time of celebration will be held. 26 to Jan 1 It is expected that December 26th will be the busiest travel day for Kwanzaa, as this falls right after the Christmas and New Year's holiday rush. On October 26th, Expedia published While Jan Returns on investments in positions 2, 3, and 1 are preferred in that order.

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

As reported by KAYAK, the busiest days for flying around Kwanzaa are expected to 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.

Periods of Heavy Congestion When Driving Is Difficult:

On the road the day before Kwanzaa celebrations begin on Dec. If December 26 is anything like December 25 was, it will be a breeze. 25, as predicted by AAA in 2021 Umoja, the first day of Kwanzaa, means "unity," so if you're planning on driving, you might want to do so before noon, as the afternoon and evening rush hours are likely to be more congested. m As January 1 marks the end of the festivities, In the event that people press the number 1 for "Imani," which means "faith," traffic will be light. But Jan From 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., there will be more people on Route 2. m It's recommended that you get on the road before 1 p m


On December there will be less people on trains and prices will go down. December 25th, the day before Kwanzaa, after the Christmas holiday travel rush has died down On the other hand, on Dec. 26 and Jan 1. (At) a premium, as suggested by Wanderu

New Year's Eve and Day Are The Busiest Travel Days Of The Year.

New Year's Day, January 1, is the busiest travel day after the ball drops and before people get back to work. The Expedia rankings put them at #2, #3, and #1. You could use the first few days of 2023 to get a head start on your New Year's resolutions if you have the time to wait for travel to calm down.

When airports are likely to be busiest (when to avoid flying):

On New Year's Eve, nobody wants to be stuck in an airport. In the days leading up to New Year's Eve, on December 23 and 24, you can expect the most people to be on the road. December 28 and 29, and in addition, December The 30th and 31st are forecasted to be less hectic. When January 1 rolls around, it's time to pack up and head back to reality after ringing in the New Year. There will likely be fewer customers on February 1 than there were in January. 2

When traffic is likely to be heavy:

According to AAA's New Year's Eve Traffic Report for 2021, celebrations can 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 It's best to stay off the roads between 2 and 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve. m and New Year's Day should go off with hardly any hiccups.


Magliari told Elite Daily that January 1, 2021, will be the busiest day of the year for train stations based on ticket sales trends. 2 Avoid traveling on this day if one of your New Year's resolutions is to have a more relaxing experience on the road.

It's important to double-check everything before you leave, so don't forget to pack up your things just yet. As a matter of common sense and convenience, Expedia advises passengers to arrive at the airport several hours before their flight. By enrolling in TSA PreCheck or CLEAR, and by checking in your bags, you can breeze through security. When possible, avoid extra costs by reserving a flight that allows for changes or cancellations. The holidays will soon be here, and now that you know how to prepare, you can join in the fun.

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