The latest research from Cars.com, digital automotive marketplace and solutions provider, found nearly half of Americans---47%---plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, down 21 percentage points from 2019.
Of those not traveling, more than half (59%) said COVID-19 impacted their plans.
The majority of Thanksgiving travelers (72%) will travel by car to their destination, with most trips happening close to home.
"We've been watching consumer travel habits since the onset of the pandemic, and there have been two consistent themes---the pandemic is obviously affecting people's travel plans, but when people do travel, the majority drive by car because of the safety and freedom cars provide. We are seeing these themes continue for holiday travel this year," said Jenni Newman, Cars.com editor in chief.
2020 Thanksgiving Travel Trends
COVID-19 continues to affect travel plans. While 47% of Americans still plan to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, it is down from 68% in 2019. Of the 41% not traveling, 59% stated that COVID-19 had some impact on their decision. Eleven percent have not yet decided if they will travel.
Major cities are hit the hardest. The majority of travelers (44%) are avoiding large cities...