Traveling on Thanksgiving? Why You Should Be Thankful

Most Americans are well aware that Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year. If you’re one of the 94.5 million Americans traveling over 50 miles for that turkey gravy, chances are that once you finally make it home you’ll be griping about the heavy traffic, flight delays, or other travel-related headaches.

But how many of us stop to think, on the day we are supposed to be most grateful for our blessings, how lucky we are to have these modes of transportation at our disposal? I’m guessing you’ve probably never heard this around the dinner table: “I’m grateful for this delicious meal with my family, our good health, and the railroad tracks that brought me home in time.”

So to help you get in the spirit of gratitude for the many travel luxuries we often take for granted, here is a throwback to what travel used to be like in the U.S. (Makes that baby crying next to you the entire flight, not seem so bad, doesn’t it?!)

Traveling in America in 1621

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