Almost 90% of Americans who are traveling this Thanksgiving are doing so by car, says a new study by AAA. So if you’re among the road tripping set this week, you’ll need to strategize in order to avoid some of the year’s worst traffic. With the help of our friends at Google Maps, we’ve analyzed the best and worst times to drive on Wednesday—when most people will hit the road—so that you can be best prepared for a stress-free journey.
Want more holiday travel tips? Check out our holiday survival guide, here.
9:19 p.m.: I remember a cauldron filled with molten beeswax, and my mother handing me a piece of string. I was seven or eight. It was Christmas, at a holiday market in Zurich. I dipped the string into the wax and pulled it out a few dozen times, and there was something amazing, even magical, about how the string turned into a candle, and about the smell of the wax, and the wintry crowds and the lights and the sounds. Today, 30-odd years later, the Mitteleuropa-style Christmas market is thriving, in Zurich, Prague, and Munich, in Frankfurt and Vienna—celebrations of the season and places where families can still make memories of their own.
Luke Barr is the former features director of Travel + Leisure.
This Halloween, plan a last-minute getaway to one of America’s spookiest destinations. From haunted hotels to former crime scenes, T+L’s Jacqui Gifford shares the year’s top destinations with creepy appeal on the TODAY Show.
People are feeling good. Job numbers are up today; consumer confidence is rebounding. That means more people spending on travel. AAA Travel projects that 41 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend. That's a 1.9 percent increase from last year. The majority are hitting the road, with more 34.8 million driving. But if you’re flying, the goods news is that you probably paid five percent less for your ticket than last year, according to AAA.
Some advice for drivers: A lot of people start heading out right about now so expect heavier traffic from about 6pm tonight through tomorrow.
Spaniards celebrate the week preceding Easter with regionally distinctive processions and fiestas. These solemn drummers in Madrid can’t shake a stick at the Tamborada in Albacete province where up to 20,000 drummers play constantly for several days leading up to Easter Sunday.
On this morning’s Wake Up With Al, Travel + Leisure’s Sarah Spagnolo highlights four cities with standout Irish celebrations. See the Weather Channel clip here.
Boston Take in the parade in South Boston, but stay in buzz-worthy Cambridge, at the Charles Hotel, close to the delicious Craigie on Main restaurant (a T+L favorite). Beantown’s parade takes place on Sunday this year. Price: from $259 a night. Book now:charleshotel.com
Chicago The Chicago River will be transformed into a sea of Kelly green on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a weekend filled with festivities. The new Hotel Lincoln, an eclectic hotel in Lincoln Park, is within walking distance of four Irish Bars. Price: from $239 a night. Book now:jdvhotels.com
Today, millions of people around the world are celebrating the Year of the Wooden Horse with elaborate ceremonies, ancient rituals, and extensive traditional feasts (think tea eggs, sticky rice cakes, and whole Peking ducks).
Roosevelt Park kicked off the festivities in New York this morning with a riotous firecracker demonstration to close out the Year of the Snake, and the Annual Lunar New Year Parade and Festival will swell the streets of Chinatown on February 2.
Nothing compares to the fanfare in China, where the next two weeks are guaranteed to be bursting with dances, demonstrations, and the color red.
But no matter where you are in your travels, you can welcome this year of adventure and energy in a festive fashion. Book a room at one of these luxury hotels for an over-the-top Chinese New Year.