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Morning Poll: Thanksgiving Travel

by ARLnow.com November 23, 2011 at 9:47 am 1,791 37 Comments

According to AAA and the Associated Press, Thanksgiving airfare and the cost of filling a tank of gas are both up 20 percent this year.

Nonetheless, 42.5 million people nationwide are expected to hit the roads, rails and airways for Thanksgiving — the highest number since the beginning of the recession. Here in the Washington region, more than 1 million people are expected to travel for the holiday, and the vast majority of them will be getting to their destination via highways, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Are you among the intrepid Thanksgiving travelers?


  • Brian

    Just back from NY last night … off to Puerto Rico tomorrow! Love thanksgiving.

  • y8s

    IAD to SFO for the long weekend…

    DCA to MCO for the week after for work. I get a lovely 6 hours at home between trips… during which I will open my luggage, invert it, and drop the new luggage in.

  • You couldn’t pay me to be on the roads today.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      You said it, Sandra. Much lighter then normal traffic when I drove from Arlington to my office near Tyson’s at 6:30 this morning. I’ll be driving the back roads home this afternoon, avoiding Rt. 7, 123, 267 East and 66 East.

  • More Nuance Please

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

  • Turkey Day Traveller

    I’m planning on making the 7 hour drive to Ohio early tomorrow morning (leaving 5am-6am) as opposed to hopping on the road with everyone else this evening. Anyone think this is a good strategy as far as traffic goes?

    • drax

      There is no good strategy any more.

    • Lou

      I left for Richmond last year later than that (around 9:00), and ran into no problems on 95. You are right, most people begin leaving this afternoon and the evening is then the worst. Probably a wise decision on your part.

    • Tabby

      “Hi everyone!”

      *yawn*

      Crash.

    • Depart at 3 a.m. and you will be ok.

    • SomeGuy

      I left around 6am Thursday last year, going roughly the same direction you say you’re going. I was fine. I’ll do the same this year.

      I think today/tonight will be awful, but I expect early tomorrow to be good. Fingers are crossed…

    • If you are driving anything with a toll make sure you have EZPass.

    • Clarendon

      I just arrived in Columbus. There was no traffic. Made the trip every year and that was a first.

  • Up 20 percent, but my employer continues to say the cost of living isn’t increasing so there is no reason to raise pay.

    I wouldn’t be caught dead on the interstate today. Good luck to those who have to drive it.

    • SomeGuy

      I wouldn’t raise pay due to cost of living increase either. I’d raise pay commensurate with the value of the employee’s contribution and based upon results of a cost-benefit analysis of what it would cost to retain vs. replace the employee.

      With all due respect, if I’m your employer, your costs are not necessarily my concern. It’s MY costs that count.

      • I would agree IF the employer is actually doing that. Luckily, over the years, I’ve been compensated based on good performance. However, when you are an employer and you obcess about your bottom line to the extent where you allow your employees to fall behind it only means your institutional knowledge ends up walking out the door. There are costs associated with institutional knowledge departing. If unfreezing pay raises helps that retention then you may very well save money.

        • SomeGuy

          Agreed. Please note my mention of costs associated with retention vs. replacement.

      • drax

        Come on, SomeGuy. Most employees get both a COLA – because if they don’t, inflation makes their salary actually go down – and a raise (or not) based on individual merit. Two different things.

        • SomeGuy

          “Most employees get both a COLA”

          Right. By “most,” you mean that some do and some don’t. Did I contest that somewhere?

          “…Two different things.”

          I didn’t conflate them.

          • drax

            You said you would conflate them if you were an employer.

          • SomeGuy

            Nope. I said “I wouldn’t raise pay due to cost of living increase.” That doesn’t conflate COLA with merit-based increases. My post actually goes on to distinguish the two, which is opposite conflation.

            You seem confused.

        • Certainly employees who are on a pay scale get COLAs and merits. That is, unless one or both are frozen. COLAs seem appropriate to keep you even with inflation (if they are administered properly). Merits are appropriate to award performance and entice longevity in a position.

          If you are an employer who does not have a pay scale system, it would be in your best interest to compensate your employee appropriately to keep from having him lost to another job. If you don’t want to offer COLAs and/or merits, then you better have a way to do it or he/she will jump ship.

          • SomeGuy

            OB, I think you and I are still in agreement here.

          • I think so. Appropriate compensation is dictated by supply/demand regardless of the compensation system.

          • SomeGuy

            Yes, sir (or ma’am; I won’t presume to know which you are based on the name you post under…)

    • drax

      You need a union.

  • CrystalMikey

    Staying in the good ol’ County for me.

  • novasteve

    Anyone else here not going anywhere because you are from here and your family lives here? I know that must be really rare in the DC area.

    • Pentagonian

      Yup: Me. I’m a native Arlingtonian. And my family (and extended family) still live here.

    • drax

      Yep, staying here because family is here.

      It’s also possible to be from here but go visit family who aren’t from here, steve.

    • I’m staying put with family here.

  • charlie

    i shopped local; bought an organic turkey; having dinner with people who are aging in place; going to Donaldson Run for a walk after dinner tomorrow; maybe get one of them bikeshares just for fun; plan to see a play at Signature; going to the movie in Ballston; maybe a swim at our public pool; take some kids to the skate park; having some coffee at the best coffee place ever and getting some super-uber liberal blend; and since black friday sounds racists, not shopping until Saturday. Can I be anymore Arlington? Oh, right, I’ll badger people at the supermarket to sign my petition for being on the county board.

    • Tabby

      You mean Caturday.

      Can not believe you forgot your brown flip flops, cupcake run, pizza pigout, and burger bacchanalia.

      • charlie

        i try to block some things. i try.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL!

  • Maria

    I drove Alexandria to NY today. Left around 6 am and the only traffic I hit was for about 2 miles on 287 in NJ (because of an accident). It was one of the best drives up I’ve ever made!

    • Maria

      *from Alexandria

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