STATEN ISLAND, NY — If you’re planning to travel to visit friends and family during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, you’re far from alone.
On Tuesday, The Vacationer released its annual 2022 Thanksgiving travel survey, finding that more than 43% of US adults (ages 18 and older) plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, a slight increase from 42% reported in last year’s survey.
The 43% of American adults expected to travel this Thanksgiving equates to more than 112 million travelers, according to the most recent US Census data.
When broken down by gender, the survey found that men are significantly more likely to travel for Thanksgiving than women, with 49% of men planning to travel compared to just 38% of women.
While most Americans plan to spend less than $500 on their Thanksgiving trips this year, a significant portion will still spend big.
“Unfortunately, Americans are seeing rising gas prices and expensive flights and realize they will have to pay a lot more this year to travel for Thanksgiving,” said The Vacationer’s Eric Jones.
The survey found that nearly 29% of Americans, representing approximately 74 million adults, plan to spend more than $500 on Thanksgiving travel this year. Additionally, the survey found the following: 12.6% of adults expect to spend between $501 and $1,000; 8.4% expected to spend between $1,001 and $1,500; 5.1% are expected to spend between $1,501 and $2,000 and 2.6% are expected to spend $2,000 or more.
High levels of inflation are affecting millions of Americans’ Thanksgiving plans, with 66.5% of respondents, representing about 171 million residents, saying rising costs have forced them to reevaluate them.
About 24.7% said their plans were affected by rising food costs, while 16.8% said they were affected by rising travel costs and 25% said they were affected by both.
Rising inflation had the biggest impact on residents in the mid-Atlantic region, which includes New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with 77.5% of respondents from the area affected.
“On the other hand, people in the New England region are less likely to say that high levels of inflation are affecting their Thanksgiving plans. The New England region includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts , Rhode Island and Connecticut. Only 53.19% of US adults in this region have inflation concerns about the holidays,” Jones said.
In addition to questions about Thanksgiving travel, respondents were asked what traditional Thanksgiving foods they disliked, with turkey, the standard fall holiday main dish, coming in second behind gravy cranberry
Here’s a look at the full list of the most disgusting Thanksgiving foods.
- Cranberry Sauce – 30.51%
- Turkey — 29.11%
- Green Bean Casserole – 27.52%
- Ham – 26.72%
- Cabbage Salad – 25.32%
- Sweet potatoes or yams – 25.12%
- Stuffing/Dressing. — 22.33%
- Pumpkin Pie — 21.44%
- carrots — 16.95%
- Mashed potatoes. — 15.45%
- Corn. — 14.36%
- Macaroni and Cheese. — 14.36%
- Apple pie — 12.86%
“This is the second year in a row that cranberry sauce, turkey and green bean casserole topped the list of the most distasteful Thanksgiving foods in our survey,” Jones noted.