Quick Tip: Thanksgiving Travel

My New Orleans post is on its way, I’ve just been a little caught up with work this month.  But I did want to take a moment to talk about something really quick.

Most people have experienced, at one point or another, the holiday travel rush.  It’s just madness, madness, madness on either the roads, airport, bus depot, or train station.  One of the most notorious times has historically been the day before Thanksgiving.  But something’s happened in the past few years that I’ve noticed, and I’d love to find out if anyone else feels the same way.  I took a flight back to Boston right after work on Wednesday night and not only was the airport practically empty, my flight was like half full.

I think that it might almost make sense (and this goes against everything that seems logical) to actually travel on Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.  I think the new trend is for people to leave work early during the day Wednesday or even Tuesday night and travel then, thinking that they’ll beat the rush and instead join the millions of people who also seem to think that they’re smarter than everyone else.   I did ask a few people what their travel experiences were Wednesday night as well, just to see if I wasn’t the only one, and I had one girl drive up to New Jersey with zero traffic and one guy driving up to Philly with no problems.

Call me crazy, but that’s my quick tip of the month.

Coming up in a few weeks – PERU!

Random Thanksgiving Travel Tip

First off, Happy Veteran’s Day to all you veterans out there.  Thanks for everything you do.

With Thanksgiving coming up, everyone is gearing up for the travel to see their loved ones.  It’s going to be a shitshow no matter how you slice it before the holiday, but here’s a little tip to hopefully make your life a little bit easier (actually this tip only really helps those on the East Coast.  Sorry rest of the country).  If you’re driving between Boston and Washington, D.C. and you don’t have an E-Z Pass device, you can save some time at the tolls by staying to the right.  Some of you probably already know this, but if not, if you stay to the right, there’s always additional tolls about 200 yards past the main toll plaza.  So while all the poor travelers are stuck in the main toll traffic wondering why the slow lane is moving so fast and thinking it’s just an anomaly, save yourself time and annoyance and breeze through.  I can’t do anything about the outrageous toll prices though…