Thanksgiving is the art of giving thanks and extending a gesture of peace. Dating back to 1621 when English pilgrims celebrated a generous harvest by sharing a feast with a tribe of Native Americans, the habit was reproduced by several states throughout the years until finally it was made national holiday across the country. The primary reason for Thanksgiving was a way for the population to get together and bond over the harvest and the resources of nature, giving thanks to each other, the environment, the weather, and anybody else who helped to prepare the dinner. Ultimately, nowadays, the meaning of Thanksgiving has been diluted by parades, sports and turkey feast – apparently, the first Thanksgiving feasts didn’t have turkey on the menu. But there’s a ritual has remained: At Thanksgiving families and friends travel to get together. You could break the tradition and travel together instead.
Everyone will be traveling anyway
Who says Thanksgiving, says traffic jam. While you use Google to help determine the best time to avoid the holiday rush – although most recommendations start at 6 AM and end around 8 PM to prevent late-night driving. The best time to leave the city is as early as possible, but Google warns that you probably won’t be able to avoid traffic altogether. In other words, as you’re going to spend most of your Thanksgiving preps in a vehicle, why not turn your holiday into a road trip instead? Wednesday is going to be the heaviest day on the road. So, think ahead and leave as early as Tuesday before the Thanksgiving Thursday, so that you and your family or friends can get ahead of the traffic.
Plan for out of this world comfort
A road trip, and especially in November, requires some planning. As you’ll spend plenty of time in a vehicle, you might want to ditch the car for an RV – check Forest River Rockwood for the best vehicles – so that everyone can be comfortable inside. Additionally, as a passenger – and let’s be honest, if you’re traveling in an RV there will be plenty of passengers – you need to prepare for the long hours on the road. Make sure to pack sickness motion tablets for your folks – nobody likes to feel nauseous before eating the turkey! You can also add books and music devices – from your kindle to packing all your favorite albums on Spotify.
Best destinations for togetherness
Last, but not least, there’s no point heading into big cities as you’ll face only traffic. You’ll find plenty of small towns that know how to get the Thanksgiving spirit going. Fredericksburg in Texas is a small German-inspired town that is filled with excitement and traditions such as the Thanksgiving dance. If you prefer a peaceful holiday, park your vehicle by the Catskill Mountain where you can still enjoy the last of the fall leaves. Before the ski season. You can even enjoy a picturesque Thanksgiving picnic by the waterfall in Windham!
Thanksgiving cultivates the art of togetherness, which doesn’t force you to stay at home. You can be together anywhere, even more on a road trip that lets you engage with the local nature and population.
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